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UK/CoD students spend spring break in professional firms

April 2, 2014   |  

Architecture and Interiors students had the opportunity to acquire professional experience over spring break by shadowing experts in design firms all over the country.
The spring break professional experience program is designed to match students with a firm that specializes in the students’ areas of interest. The students then work alongside professionals in these firms on real world projects.
“From this experience, I narrowed down more of what I want to do after graduation,” said Interiors student Brenna Murphy who worked in Gresham, Smith, and Partners in Nashville. “I became more inspired and intrigued in the healthcare market, and learned that a large firm may be a good fit for me.”
The experience of the students varied for each firm, as they could be involved with executing a research assignment, sitting in on staff or client meetings, going on site visits, or assisting with drawings, designs, or model building.
Architecture student Nikki Groneck spent two weeks working and learning in Snohetta in New York.
“My last week at Snohetta was dedicated to production for an upcoming presentation that my team had with the client so I was working on diagrams, sun studies, and sections. I have not worked with a lot of sun studies so I learned a lot about how to analyze information based on renders and how to translate that into design development.”
“They work very similarly to the way we do at UK/CoD; lots of programmatic and massing rhino models followed by drawings and diagraming in illustrator,” said architecture student Thompson Burry who worked in LTL in New York. “Everyone there works so incredibly hard. From the minute the come into work they push intently with an incredible level of focus.”
In addition to gaining the experience of working in a professional office setting and learning new design skills, the spring break program gives students valuable contacts and networking opportunities.
“I walked away with about 20 close design professional connections,” said Interiors student Katelyn Hayden who worked in FRCH Design Worldwide in Cincinnati. “Getting exposure to the workplace, professionals, and different possibilities within the design field are all very invaluable experiences that should be taken advantage of as much as possible.”
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Participating Architecture firms include:
  • Brooks + Scarpa, Los Angeles
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York City
  • Future Cities Lab, San Francisco
  • Iwamoto Scott, San Francisco
  • LTL Architects, New York City
  • Morphosis Architects, Los Angeles
  • Morphosis Architects, New York City
  • Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle
  • OMA, New York City
  • PATTERNS, Los Angeles
  • Reiser Umemoto, New York City
  • ShoP, New York City
  • Snohetta, New York City
  • Urban Lab, Chicago
Participating Interior Design firms include:
  • FRCH Design Worldwide, Cincinnati
  • VeenendaalCave Inc, Atlanta
  • Ross Tarrant Architects, Lexington
  • Gresham Smith & Partners, Nashville
  • NBBJ, Seattle
  • ZGF Simmer Gunsul Frasca 
  • Luckett & Farley, Louisville
  • Haworth 
  • Gensler, New York
  • SHP Leading Design
  • Perkins + Will Chicago, NYC
  • Matthew Carter Interiors, Lexington
  • Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, Chicago
  • LSM Lehman, Smith, McLeish, Washington, DC
  • GBBN Architects, Cincinnati
  • PDR Corp, Houston
  • EOP Architects, Lexington
  • KZF, Cincinnati
  • Heery International, Iowa City