We’d like to thank Architectural Assistant, Ben Smallwood, for the fantastic fifteen months he committed to the practice, and to wish him well as he commences his Part II studies at UCL’s The Bartlett School of Architecture - one of the most influential, exciting, and innovative architectural schools in the world.
Ben joined AO for his placement year, after moving to the Cotswolds in July 2021 having completed his Part I at Nottingham Trent University through lockdown. During his time with us, he’s worked across a broad range of projects - from historic and new build residential extensions and refurbs, to an exciting new build school development in Wokingham (more on this soon).
A devoted student, Ben’s commitment to the wider world – and the role that Design and Architecture play within it – seemingly knows no bounds. His passion and dedication are inspiring, and his broad and always up-to-date architectural knowledge, and aptitude for debate and discussion, are a testament to his inquisitive nature and voracious appetite for learning and personal growth.
Always heavily engaged and looking to further his knowledge, Ben will nominate himself for projects where there’s an opportunity to learn, or experience, something new - and will go above and beyond to help those around him at every opportunity. His interests outside of the office – including hand-drawing, photography, photoshop, 3D printing and modelling – have become integrated within and strengthened both his own work, and supported the project work of others. Most recently, he put his photography skills to excellent use delivering a suite of lifestyle images that showcases our Interior Architecture services (coming soon).
Ben is a kind, supportive and creative colleague, and we’re extremely proud to say that he was part of the Anderson Orr team during his placement year. We know that he will do well in whatever it is he commits to, and we look forward to seeing where the next chapter in his journey takes him.