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How Ho-Yin Ng became an architect
Architect Ho-Yin Ng explains how as a quiet child he lacked a vision for his future. He'd always liked art but never really believed he was good at it. It wasn't until he was given work experience at an Architecture firm that his mind opened up to the possibility that he was both talented enough to make progress, and that his love of art and his attention to detail could be combined in really imaginative ways. He soon began sketching ways to rearrange his bedroom!Discovering he was 'good at something' gave him the courage to take it further. And when his boss gave him a parting gift of drawing pens, he also gave him real inspiration. The seed was sown, but he hadn't seen it coming.Ho-Yin's message to young people is: 'Don’t be afraid to explore your passions. If you do, something will always happen.'First broadcast in the Learning Zone on BBC2 in September 2012 as part of the programme 'Spark'.
Ho-Yin is given a special pen on his work experience and this act of kindness and generosity had a profound effect on his future. Opportunity for storytelling/ role play: a character is given a random item/ object by a generous person they encounter - where might this lead them? Discussion to explore the effects of kindness and generosity on the giver and the receiver.
Discussion: What is work experience, why do it and how do you organise it?
Question: What other skill did Ho-Yin need apart from the ability to draw? (Creative thinking) Why is this skill important for an architect?
This is part of a series of films profiling inspirational people and their personal 'sparks' – when they decided what they wanted to do in their lives.
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