Blog: Yoana's journey from Sofia to Eydon

12 July 2017

Architectural assistant Yoana Korendova has written our first blog about re-locating from Bulgaria to England.

Moving to a new country can seem daunting but I love living and working in England.

I was born and raised in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, and I went to a computer school, the Vocational High School of Electronics “John Atanasoff”, where, not surprisingly, the main subject of my studies was computer programming, however, I have always dreamt of becoming an architect.

When I was offered a place on a BSc (Hons) Architecture course at Coventry University, it was an opportunity I could not turn down and I decided to leave Bulgaria.

After graduating, I started looking for a job to gain experience before I continued with my Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2 qualification. I was offered an intern role at a small Coventry-based practice on a part-time basis as an architectural assistant which later became a full-time position.

It was a good introduction to working in the architectural sector but since moving to the Roger Coy Partnership, I have had an opportunity to experience working in a medium-sized practice and further develop my skills. I have broadened my knowledge and skills on developing designs from a client’s brief, improving my presentation skills and learning about the planning system in this country.

As an architectural assistant, I assist on design projects from inception through to the planning stage which is really exciting. I love to see my drawings come to life and to see the reaction from clients.

My work involves preparing scheme drawings that we present to our clients and later to planning authorities which means attention to detail is extremely important since it can make the difference between gaining approval or not.

I enjoy working as part of a small team because I still have so much to learn about the profession. It is educational to work closely with people who have different levels of experience and knowledge.

I am currently undertaking my RIBA Part 2 qualification as a part-time student at Birmingham City University and I would like to fully qualify as an architect in the near future.

Working abroad is all I know, however when I talk to my friends who have remained in Bulgaria, they tell me that the work ethics are different. From their feedback, I think that working in England has given me more security and a better standard of living.

I love the rural location here in Eydon. Arriving at work is far less stressful than commuting to the city which allows me to come in and concentrate on my work straight away. Working in a village feels more relaxed and therefore I feel that I am more efficient.

Northamptonshire is totally different to the faster pace of life in Coventry but that is one of the reasons why I am enjoying working here so much.

Yoana Korendova