I achieved a degree at The School of the Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois. I did an internship in Beijing through CRCC Asia during June and August last year in architecture with spatial practice.
I was one of the first interns that received an internship with an architectural company. My experience there was fantastic. I applied to the program because I know that China is a market where architectural practice is emerging and growing. Due to their economy, I knew there were opportunities to see old, new and developing architecture in the country. The fact that the World’s Expo 2010 was held in Shanghai only added to the punch.
The revolution of architecture is on its brink. The melding of current technology and the ideas of sustainability are pushing architecture into realms of many possibilities. China and its rise of architecture development is why I chose to be a part of CRCC Asia. The spatial practice internship put me on the front lines of observing and experiencing this boom in design development. I was part of a great team that allowed me to test my skills and abilities, while applying them in architectural discourse. The internship was only supported by the many CRCC Asia activities that immersed me in the Chinese culture. I am proud of the work that I accomplished while also maintaining a business network and creating many new friends. My whole experience expanded my vision as a student, designer, and traveller. If I had the chance, I would do it all over again.
My experience during my internship helped me foster great personal and professional relationships with the people I met. The Guanxi I experienced was of the highest order. I would love to return to China now I have graduated, I will be sending my resume and applying to many firms in the area. I will also be sending my application to firms here in the states and my experience in China is at the top of my resume.