Episode #003 – Kyle Sinko: Successful Archi Student Interview

Advice, Architecture School, Life in General, Podcast

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Welcome to the show notes for the third episode of the Discussed It podcast. We are very excited to introduce our first guest onto our podcast, Kyle Sinko. Kyle is known within the architecture community as the creator behind the SuccesfulArchiStudent website where he has created an online community for architecture students all across the world. I have included a link to this website below, I highly recommend checking it out. 


We will also be finishing off the show with our ‘Thing’ of the Week, where Kyle will be letting us know what ‘Thing’ he has found interesting and exciting and is happy to share with Hayden and I. Make sure you stick around for that!

This episode, we:

  • Invite our very first guest, Kyle Sinko, architecture student and creator of the SuccessfulArchiStudent brand
  • Discuss our ‘Thing Of The Week’ along with Kyle
  • and much more…

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Below I have outlined the general gist of the questions that we put over to Kyle to answer, throughout the episode we go slightly off-piste with the conversation but we tried to allow for a chronological narrative that works through Kyle’s journey to date and then looking forward to the future. 

If you fancy finding out what Kyle’s insightful and interesting comments in reply to these questions then head over to this podcast episode and give it a listen. You won’t regret it! 

  1. Would you be able to tell us a bit about yourself, where you’re from and what is that you do?  
  2. So, let’s start from the beginning. What do you remember as your first memorable encounter of architecture, and did this have any significance going forward?
  3. How was your experience of school, and did you feel prepared to study at university upon leaving?
  4. Would you be able to tell us a bit about the route to becoming an architect in Australia, as I think it is different to the UK and where are you on that journey? 
  5. Online, you are known as the successful archi student, but what drives you to fulfil that title and to succeed in such a competitive environment?
  6. You have quoted Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends & Influence People as one of the essential reads, what about this concept do you believe to be so important?
  7. What are some of the best ways to network as a student?
  8. What made you turn to Youtube as a form of promoting your story and message? 
  9. We understand you have formulated an e-book and are in the process of creating a new one, would you be able to tell us a bit about it? 
  10. Which other avenues have you thought about exploring with your existing brand?
  11. How have you been able to balance your academic studies at university and the progression of your brand, SuccesfulArchiStudent?
  12. What do you do to relax outside of the world of architecture? Can it be a struggle to get that work/life balance? 
  13. What would you say is your greatest achievement so far? 
  14. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? 
  15. How would you like to be remembered?
  16. As your brand is all about helping architecture students, could you give us one thing that you think makes an architecture student successful? 
  17. So Kyle, if people want to find your work or get in touch, where can they find you? 

‘Thing’ Of The Week

As I am sure you know by now within this section of the podcast each of us will choose their favourite thing that we have seen over the week. This could be absolutely anything ranging from a product, food, architect etc. that has stuck in our minds. Most probably our ‘thing’ of the week will be utterly useless to yourself, but you never know. To change it up this week we have Kyle joining us for this particular segment. Read ahead to see what the three of us come up with and see whether you would be interested in any of them. 

To kick off the proceedings I will reveal Kyle’s ‘Thing Of The Week’. He chose a book called the ‘The 4-Hour Workweek’, written by Tim Ferris. Kyle expands on what he has learnt from reading the book and it sounds like a great read, I will give it a go for sure. 

Moving on to my chosen ‘Thing Of The Week’, I decided to also go for a book. This particular book is called ‘The Art Of Resilience’ by Ross Edgley. This is a brand new book that was only released at the end of last week. I think Ross is a bit of a legend and is well known for becoming the first person to swim his way around the UK. For 157 days he swam 6 hours on, 6 hours off and never set foot on land. An epic feat and it looks like his book is of similarly epic proportions. He is so honest and you feel as if you’re getting to know him better and better with every page. Highly recommend it, go and check it out! 

And to finish off this weeks ‘Thing Of The Week’, Hayden enlightened us on an artist that has captivated his attention. Her name is Cornelia Parker who is an English visual artist that is best known for her sculpture and installation art. Hayden was telling Kyle and myself about when he saw her work in our local art gallery, the Turner Contemporary in Margate and how he felt influenced by her work and the influence it had on him. It sounded like she is worth checking out, I have seen some of her work and her installations are rather momentous and impressive.  

I have included a link to a book that gives some further information regarding her life and work. 

And, that wraps our very first podcast episode featuring a guest. Hayden and I thoroughly enjoyed having Kyle on the show and we look forward to having him back on to see how he’s getting on further down the line. I know that he is working on some exciting projects that we can’t wait to see. As mentioned earlier I highly recommend checking out Kyle’s website and Youtube channel where he posts a host of hugely insightful and interesting content that has been of great use to myself and so many other architecture students across the world. If you do want to head over to that I have included the link to his website below. 


I hope that the show notes have provided a further layer of communication between the two of us and you, our listeners, by providing additional information, but I’m sure it won’t beat listening to us chat away first hand. We hope that you enjoyed listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 

Happy listening, everyone! 

Blog Post #009 – My First Architectural Internship

Architecture School, Life in General

Information gathering allows for informed decision making

Architecture is a big decision. It is said that it does not become just a vocation but a way of life. It is seemingly impossible to separate the two, work and life, and for some that will be something that they can deal with, even crave. But for others, this may be too much and can cause them to burn out and lose their love for architecture. 

Before taking a small step into the world of architecture by applying to study at a school of architecture, I decided to scope out the field first. To do this, I decided to find myself some work experience in an architecture firm and using the information I yearned from this experience, I will be able to make a far more informed decision, rather than just looking at the pages of a prospectus. 

This is something that I recommend to anyone who is thinking of studying architecture at university or through an apprenticeship. Trying to secure a work placement at any architectural firm will offer yourself an insight into what it is like to be an architect. I have found it very hard to gain a sense of what this felt like through reading a blog post, reading a book or watching a YouTube video. This initial step will save surprises further down the line when you are more committed to the cause. 

Good networking is key in today’s highly competitive world.  

This initial step is of course sometimes the hardest thing when trying to seek out a work placement. It can be daunting trying to open a conversation with people you don’t know but it is important to know that every architectural professional you speak to was in your position at one time and will be able to relate to what you are going through. Of course, you may be rejected, but do not take this personally. It is more likely to be because they are unable to facilitate you at that time or they have too much work on. But you will never know if you do not ask, there is no harm in making that initial correspondence. These conversations that you begin to have all start your network that is so important going forward in the profession. Good networking and the maintenance of relationships can pay dividends in the future; this could be in the form of a job interview or collaborative purposes. 

My personal experiences

I thought I would mention some of my initial experiences in the architectural world so that you can understand what can be possible.

I first approached a local firm in Ramsgate, Kent called del Renzio & del Renzio. After coming in for an initial conversation with the firm partner I was lucky to be invited in for one day every other week for a year as well as working during some school holidays. During this time I experienced how a small scale architectural firm worked and learnt physical model making skills, as well as being introduced to certain software packages. This particular experience was pivotal to my decision to apply to study architecture at university. The professionals within the firm also gave me support in my portfolio creation as well as offering advice on a whole host of subjects. 

One thing that did cause me stress during the first few weeks working here was the tea order. Trying to remember 6-8 different tea orders and what mug matched up with what person, whilst I was still mixing up people’s names, was a recipe for disaster. After a few embarrassing mistakes, I adopted a post-it note method where I would jot down the tea order and stick it onto the mug. Problem solved! It does get easier over time so don’t worry too much.

I also secured a week-long work placement at a large scale architectural firm in London, HTA Design. This was invaluable as I was able to see how a larger firm differed from a smaller firm. During this week I worked with a host of individuals on a social housing project and was able to understand some of the processes required to push a project along. Within this time I worked with 3D printing and modelling software to create a scale model for the project as well as receiving useful advice and experience. It also gave me a sense of what it was like to work in the city. 

These two experiences provided with the information needed to make an informed decision that architecture was the route for me. This allowed me to look forward towards my studies free of any doubt that can creep in when choices are made.

I have gone through my experiences and hopefully, you can see how this should be something to think about when working out whether architecture is a route to take. Good luck and all the best in your journey.