One of the greatest strengths of our pan-European architectural practice is the diversity within the team. Home to 20 different nationalities, each one of our colleagues brings something to the table – and deserves their moment in the spotlight.
That’s why, this month, we’re getting to know a little bit more about our junior project assistant, Bastien Robin — from his role at RBA to the best piece of advice he ever received.
1. Summarise your role at Reid Brewin Architects in one paragraph.
In my position as junior project assistant, I am tasked with drawing and producing graphics, while also undertaking various administrative elements for our clients — in collaboration with my colleagues.
2. What’s one thing that surprised you about working at RBA?
The interpersonal relationships within the team, and the opportunities to ask questions without judgement or annoyance. It’s so reassuring to know that, whatever the query, you will always receive a considered and helpful response from your peers.
3. If one of your colleagues could win an award (work or ‘fun’) who would it be and why?
This is a difficult one, as there is such a breadth of talent within the team. The winner of the ‘Best Facilitator’ award would be the project manager, Johanna Saint-Léger. Both her problem-solving attitude and attention to detail are so exemplary that I think we can all learn from her example.
4. What led you to this career?
The creative environment the architectural field offers is what first drew me down this path. In addition, I find the variety of tasks, subjects, and learning opportunities incredibly appealing.
5. What topic could you give a presentation on with little to no preparation?
Either the origin of rocks, or wrongful gender-based discrimination.
6. If you could trade places with anyone in the world for a day, who would you choose?
This is another difficult question to answer! However, I would choose someone who could initiate positive global change in such a short space of time.
7. What’s the best advice you were ever given?
To not heed one person’s advice blindly. No one’s word is gospel, everyone follows their own path and creates their own experience.
8. What trend do you hope makes a comeback?
The three-piece suit — very chic.
9. If you could only have three apps on a smartphone, which would you pick?
Instagram — for making connections and sharing moments with people close to me. Spotify — to listen to my favourite songs. Email — to keep my personal and professional lives organised.
10. What’s one song or artist that you’re embarrassed to admit you like?
Embarrassing or not, this person remains an icon and a cliché! Lara Fabian — she has amassed an incredible career and is a truly great performer.