When I finished school I wasn’t sure which way to go: I was passionate about art and architecture and I was looking for something that could make me travel and work with people from around the world. I wanted a job that could make me feel challenged every day.
In the end I choose Civil and Architectural Engineering and yes, it finally joined all the dots. After graduating in Italy and having worked in China during my master thesis, today I am taking part in the design of some of the most beautiful and exciting buildings in London and I couldn’t be happier.
To most, it could sound like a contradiction saying that I choose Engineering because I loved Art and Architecture. It can sometimes be assumed that you can only be an engineer if you like spending all your free time in front a computer or if you are a handy person and like to fix all the broken things in your house. No one often thinks as engineering to be a creative job.
However, I realised that each time I saw a spectacular building from the past or a fantastic skyscraper in a modern city, after the first moment of admiration I always used to ask myself, “How does it work?”, “How does this great thing stand for years and years?” “Is there a specific reason why it has been built this way and not another?”.
I felt like engineering would help me find the answers to those questions and the perfect way to take part in both the design of something aesthetically beautiful and technologically efficient.
So why do I think that engineering is a creative job?
Being an Engineer means turning ideas into a reality, because the problems you solve, even the smallest of problems, contribute to make a safer, more efficient and easier-to-build project. Whether that’s if you work with buildings, bridges, transports or civil works.
There can still be some prejudice around a career in engineering where it can often be difficult for us engineers to communicate to others what we do, particularly to females. This is why I recently decided to become a STEM ambassador: to be able to meet young students and show them the variety of possibilities and great opportunities they could be exposed to after a degree in engineering or other STEM subject.
What I try to tell them is that Engineering can actually give you the chance to shape your career in the direction that is most suitable for you. If you are passionate about something and want to somehow have impact on the reality we all live every day, there is certainly a way to do that with Engineering.
This blog was written by Martina Capecchi, Facade Engineer.