ECCEDU Stories – Maryam's steps out of her comfort zone


My name is Maryam Saleem Khan and I enrolled in the ECCEDU program in the summer of 2017. That year the ECCEDU architecture program consisted of two months internship. Since the summer of 2018, the program was expanded into two parts: three weeks of lectures by architects, and professionals from related fields, like project managers, land developers, and real estate consultants, which were followed by 4 weeks of internships with prestigious architecture offices in Prague.

In 2017 I was enrolled in my fourth year of the Bachelor of Architecture Degree in COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan. I am currently working as the director of the architecture firm The IV Collaborative that I co-founded. We have worked on multiple projects including and not limited to commercial, residential, and interior design. 

In 2017, I made the decision to join the architecture program offered by ECCEDU because I wanted to intern at a place where I got the opportunity to learn and step out of my comfort zone. I had never been to Europe before, and I wanted to visit Prague because of the gorgeous architecture it has to offer. I think it is safe to say I met some of the best people I know today that summer. 

I started my two-month long internship at Chapman Taylor in July, and it turned out to be a life-changing experience for me. I got to work with experienced professionals and realized how challenging it was to work in an international firm with a diverse group of people. 

My colleagues at Chapman Taylor were immensely supportive and helped me through any hurdles I faced during my internship there. I worked on three projects under the supervision of the team leader at the time. I learned new skills and polished my existing skills further. 

That invaluable experience gave me the confidence I needed to start my own firm and today I am thankful to be Director/Co-Founder of The IV Collaborative. Not only did ECCEDU provide me with the opportunity to explore and gain confidence but it gave me an experience I would not forget my entire life. I traveled to 12 countries in Europe while I was in Prague. I learned to step out of my comfort zone and take risks. I made a good friend who gives me great advice when it comes to architecture. It was absolutely worth it. I would do it again if I could.

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