Kafui on placement at Barham Glen Architects

Kafui Akpo Young, from Hillhead Secondary School. Photo: © Barham Glen Architects

Kafui Akpo Young, from Hillhead Secondary School. Photo: © Barham Glen Architects

Earlier this year Barham Glen Architects were pleased to offer Kafui Akpo Young, from Hillhead Secondary School, a week’s work placement.  Kafui, 15, was just completing his fourth year at school. In his week with us we hoped to give him a flavour of the various tasks involved in the day to day running of an architectural practice; the design process, CAD, site visits, working with other members of the design teams on projects etc…

This was his response to his experience working with us:

Why did you choose this placement?

Kafui:

Like a a lot of people my age, I’m not entirely sure what I want to do after I leave school but this placement gave me the opportunity to see how a private business operates, to learn about a profession and to meet some interesting people.

Kafui and Paul having a look at some project drawings. Photo: © Barham Glen Architects.

Kafui and Paul having a look at some project drawings. Photo: © Barham Glen Architects.


What was the highlight of your week on placement?

Kafui:

I attended a meeting at West Whitlawburn Energy Centre site with Paul, where discussions were taking place between the various members of the design team. The project was a boiler house designed to provide sustainable heating for local residents in West Whitlawburn. An issue had arisen about access for lorries delivering fuel to the boiler. I had no idea how complicated these issues are and how many people need to be involved to find a solution. It was a great exercise in problem solving.

What did you learn about architecture during you placement at Barham Glen Architects?

Kafui:

It’s not all about drawing fancy buildings. There is a lot of hard work that goes on in the background. Having to work along with planners and contactors to promote sustainable, green design. It was a real eye opener.

I learnt that a huge amount of effort is needed to run your own business. I would finish my placement at around 4 pm but Paul would often be in the office till 9 or 10 at night responding to emails and completing drawings.

I had not realised how much time and effort was required to complete a project.

Thanks so much for giving me such a good opportunity!

Kafui on site with Paul Barham, Director at Barham Glen Architects. Photo: © Barham Glen Architects

Kafui on site with Paul Barham, Director at Barham Glen Architects. Photo: © Barham Glen Architects

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Geothermal energy to provide heating and hot water

Glasgow under street heating plan unveiled. 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-21431763
Good to see that new research by Caledonian University will investigate the potential for using flooded tunnels under the city to provide geothermal energy. The first stage of the research will focus on the Clyde Gateway Regeneration area.
11 years ago Director Alison Glen was project architect for a eco-retrofit project in Lumphinnans, Fife using the water from flooded coal mines  to provide heating and hot water to 18 flats. 
http://www.barhamglenarchitects.co.uk/OchilView.html
She was also involved in a newbuild geothermal project at Glenalmond Street, Shettleston. http://www.sust.org/pdf/glenalmond.pdf