Find the full 40 minute episode and podcast audio here.
Hossein Rezai is the director of Web Structures and the Milan Research Lab. He is a structural engineer and architect. He has been in the business for a very long time. Engineering has been an interest of Hossein from a very young age as he was interested in the infrastructure that we operate in. This interest made him want to be a part of that movement. His speciality at the moment is ‘fusion engineering’ which is essentially the mix between the different ends of the design spectrum.
There is often the phrase, ‘an architects dream is an engineers nightmare’. To what extend would you agree with this and what has your experience with that been like.
Hossein mentioned that he has not experienced this in his many years of experience. He has been practicing for 40 years and believes that there is a level of mutual understanding and language that helps this be avoided.
Do you believe we should branch out of our specialisation and constantly try to learn more from different people?
Hossein says absolutely! There is always room for improvement. He also mentioned that by having a wider understanding about different specialisations, you are less likely to have conflict with different parties that you work with. If we have a good understanding of design yet you are a structural engineer, you are going to avoid any conflict because you are more likely to understand the other members and therefore be able to come to a consensus.
Our student guest student is Dinesh Al, second year architect student at the University of Melbourne.
When do you believe is a good time to start taking part in internships?
Mr. Rezai suggested that it’s never too early. The sooner you start immersing yourself in the work space, the better you will get at what you want to do. By starting early, you allow yourself to climb the internship ladder. You will have the ability to start with very small jobs and by the end of your degree have an understanding of the workforce at an almost professional level. Also you can try out internships in different specialisation and give yourself time to figure out what you want to do.
What do you look for in an intern?
Hossein said that he mainly looks at attitude. He believes that graduates won’t always have the skill and knowledge but they can have attitude. You may not be a professional in what you do but you will certainly have the ambition and drive. Sometimes that is more important than having incredible skills, especially when you are just starting out.
If you could leave the youth with one piece of advice, what would it be?
Find something meaningful to do. Fix something that is broken that will help out the recent of the population and yourself.