My name is Adoul Jibrel, senior architecture student in Bahrain. I admit it, when I entered architecture all I knew about it was that I need to draw and sketch here and there. However, with every year passing by I got more attached to my major with a hidden power from within.
11th January 2017, is a date to remember for me. It was 9.30 am. My professor called my name to start my graduation thesis presentation. I started presenting and within a few seconds, or that what I felt, the alarm of my 20 min had finished. My jurors thanked me for such an enthusiastic project. And with her sentence my memory took me back to last year and how did it all start with me, like a fast track playing backwards.
In the end of July 2016, I did my internship in Munich, Germany. After, a month of my stay there, I felt that I have to give this city something as paying it forward for all the love it gave me while I was there. I decided to implement my graduation thesis in Munich. That doesn’t hide the fact, I felt a huge challenge and long journey I have to go through. However, my project title was already decided back in the same year with my supervisor, Live- work housing. Due to my strong affection and passion to housing subject.
Later, I went back to resume my last year of university in Bahrain. After finishing my internship. It was a shift to me. I came back to my original spot, but my mind and heart stayed back in Munich. Day by day I worked on my graduation thesis. I faced ups and downs with every step I took. In every down I had the push to get back on track with more determination to reach my goal. In addition, a student like me with different background from European one was one of the difficulties I went through. Where I had enormous help from two dear architects Florian Hacker and Leon Lesione –I met during my summer stay in Munich- without their appreciated effort in collecting data and understanding the current situation the research won’t be done by now.
Nevertheless, with my stay in Munich I learned lots of stuff about the different lifestyle they have. After work I used to stay in public spaces and observe the cultural diversity. The observation was to experience the local residents, within Munich and their interaction with the urban context. Building regulations, finding site, case studies, understanding German texts, along with the main architectural issue were all difficulties I got through in 5 months.
However, in the end of my thesis discussion, the jurors appreciated my hard work and passion toward it. Were it was a moment of pride and unforgettable memory.
Student of University of Bahrain