Andrea reaches a milestone

CEI’s Andrea van Niekerk recently passed her AIBC review, her final step in the process of becoming a licensed architect. We thought it would be a good opportunity to sit down with her to talk about how she got to this point in her career.

At an early age, Andrea knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. She can still remember riffling through the Sunday newspaper at the age of eight to find the New Homes section and retracing floor plans with a revised, more interesting design. Years later she graduated from McGill University with a Masters in Architecture, and now has over ten years of experience.

Andrea admires the work of Patkau Architects, David Chipperfield and Glenn Murcutt, and is drawn to architecture with an honest use of regional materials and buildings in which the structure is exposed and materials are natural. She enjoys working on hotel and hospitality design, and she is currently working on the Mica Heli-Ski Lodge in Revelstoke, B.C.

To help prepare her for her final AIBC oral exam, CEI partners Richard Bolus and Mark Hentze and architect Albert Leung conducted a mock interview. Andrea credits this preparation for helping her succeed. She admits the review was quite demanding.

“They expect you to have had a lot of exposure to all aspects of the architectural process, in quite a bit of detail,” she says. “On the other hand, there is not an expectation that you will have all the answers, but you do have an idea on where to find them.”