What was your first job in the industry?
I had been studying in Portugal and I was keen for some international experience - Hamiltons Architects offered an internship in London for two months whilst I was training which was a great opportunity, I really enjoyed my time there.
What inspired you to go into architecture and what inspires you outside of architecture? What advice would you give to a young Vyernu?
As a child I always loved creating things and crafting. I have also been fortunate enough to travel and see different cities since a young age, and I've now lived in three countries. I try to visit a country I’ve never been to at least once a year as I like to understand different cultures and different societies and how that impacts the design of cities and the people that live in them. All of these factors definitely inspired me to become an architect and I always come back from my travels full of ideas. Outside of work I like to practice yoga which is very much my "me time". It allows me to switch off completely.
I would say, consider your career choices carefully! Although architecture is a very creative job, it's definitely not a nine-to-five and requires a lot of sacrifice and dedication. It lies somewhere between being an artist and an engineer. I feel it’s important to have quiet time to be creative and sketch, especially at concept stage, but there’s a whole range of things you have to do as an architect, such as attend meetings, which doesn't allow for that. Often that creative time comes outside the nine-to-five. For you to be able to do that requires a lot of dedication and you really have to have passion to keep you going.