By Nick Gilbert
HaiqalCheZulhikam, an architecture student from Birmingham City University, has won the prestigious internship with a major architecture practice.
He will be working at Foster and Partners, Sir Norman Foster’s practice. The practice assumes certain leading complex projects in the world, which aim to build a sustainable environment.
Haiqal underwent a complex four stage appointment process, which includes a written application, a personal interview, project presentation and a practical test including software skills, modeling, technical and sketch drawing. He also went through an interview that tested his knowledge of contemporary architecture and architectural history. The main focus of the interview was around Malaysia, which was his origin, stated Haiqal. The interview panel was keen to know how Birmingham architecture student will integrate his knowledge and skills into the portfolio of the company.
Professor Jim Low, studio tutor of Haiqaland BA (Hons) Architecture Year 2 Leader, remarked that Haiqal's achievement of winning the internship program at Foster and Partners is a great news for the University and the School of Architecture. He added that it is an excellent opportunity for a student who is just in his second year of the UG programme.