Learning Through Professional Practice
The opportunity to work simultaneously alongside architects and engineers was something I knew I wanted as I entered Syracuse University. I enjoyed seeing the two disciplines build off one another in a responsive manner.
For this reason, I chose to major in Civil Engineering and minor in Architecture. This unique, yet practical degree combination further interested me in how closely the two disciplines could function with respect to one another.
An opportunity to work collaboratively or simultaneously with engineers and architects had managed to elude me even as I entered my senior year. Unsuccessful previous attempts included working on a student architectural competition team, a design-build project, and inquiring about research pertaining to engineering and architecture collaboration efforts.
My internship at NKB came as I shifted my focus to design opportunities outside of SU. Upon my first glimpse of the NKB office I knew I was in the right place. The mostly open space allows me to easily ask engineers and architects any questions I may have.
What I did not know going into NKB was the range of exciting building types that I would soon be exposed to. NKB’s varied project types have allowed me to finally put my engineering and architecture education into practice. Whether it be through working on proposals, doing structural analysis, or working on Revit models, I am always learning something new.
The project experience at NKB has already paid off in both my engineering and architecture coursework. My exposure to varied structural systems at NKB has allowed me to understand the reasoning for different building systems. In return this has allowed me to approach my structural steel senior design project with confidence.
The dynamic environment at NKB also means that I can regularly practice and build on my architectural knowledge. The opportunity to work on real projects has provided me with a new means to practice my Revit skills and technical building knowledge.
The idea of gaining professional practice in a supportive and inspiring environment is one that I could not recommend more highly to students like myself. The exposure to real building projects at NKB leaves me excited to learn more about the fields of engineering and architecture.