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27th March 2018 / posted by Gemma Goode

From Estimator to Architectural Assistant

Mariyana Hartland completed her Master’s Degree in English back in 2001, but has always worked in construction since graduation. From preparing tenders for a construction company as a first job, to working as a Buyer and then an Estimator in the steel industry to joining Oakwrights as an Estimator in April 2007. She advanced her skills under the guiding hands of Tim Crump and Nick Price, the founding fathers of Oakwrights. Initially producing 2D CAD frame drawings and costings, and then progressing to 3D imagery, Mariyana was soon promoted to senior estimator and then moved on to the Architectural Department as an Architectural Assistant.






Mariyana’s desire to develop and gain knowledge led to her successfully completing a Postgraduate Certificate in the Built Environment Studies in 2017 and she has also become an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.


Here is Mariyana’s story in her own words...


I recently completed my Postgraduate certificate in the Built Environment Studies and it feels fantastic to pass this qualification; I am so proud, I can’t stop pinching myself.


I joined Oakwrights in 2007 as an Estimator and nine years later, after working my way through the Estimating Department, the new chapter in my Oakwrights career started; I joined the Architectural Design team as an Architectural Assistant. The Architectural team do all the initial design and planning work and building regulations in-house, thus ensuring a smooth process for our clients.


To help me develop within the new role, Tim, in his ultimate wisdom, set up a task for Helen (Head of the Architectural Design Department) and I to find a suitable course for me to do that would contribute to the department and the work we produce. After careful research, by August 2016 we chose a course with UCEM - a Postgraduate Certificate in the Built environment Studies, quite a mouthful to pronounce and the difficulties did not end there, because not only did I take on this PGCE but I also enrolled in a separate Building Regulations course which ranged at the same time.


I started studying in September 2016, and I won't deny it, it was hard, even more so during assignment deadlines and exams. I remember Helen's words before I started the course that it would be difficult working full time and studying. Of course, as always, she was right! I spent a lot of my evenings and weekends studying at home and having two young children, it meant that I had to rely on my husband Jonathan and his parents, who did an amazing job in the background to support me.


Fortunately, working in the Architectural Department of Oakwrights meant that professional help and advice was available for me every day. Helen gave me enormous help and encouragement since I started in the department, as well as throughout my studying. I also need to mention my other Departmental colleagues George, Dave and Lee who gave me plenty of advice. I am so proud to be a part of this team because as we all know, "teamwork creates dream work".




So, to round up, 2017 was a fantastic year filled with hard work and determination and not only was it the year of my graduation, but it also coincided with my 10 year anniversary working at Oakwrights. I still very much enjoy working here; especially now that I have made another step in my career development. One of the most rewarding parts of my role as Architectural Assistant is interacting with clients and seeing their ideas turn into designs and then finally into an Oakwrights home.

Oakwrights always support growth within the company and there are various opportunities to further one's career if the desire is there. I would like to give a huge thanks to Tim, Bill and Dave Grey for giving me these great opportunities!



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