Summer Intern Reflection: Getting Hands-On Experience with NKB
Summer Architectural Intern
Life @ NKB
July 30, 2021
I started at NKB ready to learn about everything the real world of architecture has to offer but having little hands-on experience in the field. Currently, I am double majoring in architecture and interior design at SUNY Alfred to combine my passion for art and technology into one field. Since NKB has many disciplines under one roof, I was able to gain experience in both of my majors. In addition, by working in a firm that provides services for all parts of a building, I have furthered my understanding of the essential building systems relations. Thus becoming a more conscientious designer. This helps me move towards my future goals as I want to design in a cohesive and sustainable way. To do so, I think it is important to understand the entire building to truly design well, so NKB has been a good fit for me.
Even though I was working remotely, I was still able to communicate with team members effectively and participate in a variety of projects. Each week brought new challenges and allowed me to further explore the programs that we frequently use in school. This increased knowledge and real-world application will certainly improve the quality of my projects in years to come. I especially enjoyed going on site visits and walking around the spaces typically only seen via Revit. I was glad to gain experience with multiple types of projects from different phases of the design process.
NKB is incredibly community-driven. The atmosphere of the office is welcoming and fun; the care shown for each project is scrupulous. Learning how beneficial effective communication is and adapting to my first work experience out of the classroom will certainly help me as I pursue more significant challenges in San Diego, CA next semester to continue my BArch degree. Overall I am very grateful to have had such a positive environment for my first internship that taught me so much amidst the pandemic.