In contrast to my last post, the direction the city of Seattle is headed in is unbelievably grim. The urban architecture of Seattle is beautiful and diverse, although a lot of it does seem to adhere to the same patterns of PNW trends. It becomes difficult to revel in the beauty of Seattle when such a depraved undercurrent runs beneath its surface.
This fall semester, I had the privilege of participating in my school’s first Externship Program. I left campus several days a week for about a month to spend time at Wier Boerner Allin Architecture and Duvall Decker Architects.
I learned about projects around the city of Jackson that are contributing to the city’s urban development, and I got to visit several construction sites of these projects. I also learned about the daily lives of people in different roles at an architecture firm.
I really loved my experience at these architecture firms, and I am thankful for these opportunities.
I had the privilege of shadowing Mr. Bob Luke of LPK Architects in Meridian, MS this past week. I was able to sit in on a staff meeting to hear about the statuses of projects, look through many drawings for the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (the MAX) and other buildings, and watch a draftsman at work. Mr. Luke, who worked on the MAX, gave me a private tour of the MAX on a closed day, and I learned about the process of designing and creating the building, as well as the history and thought processes behind the exhibits. Additionally, Mr. Luke and I walked around downtown Meridian, which now looks excellent, thanks to the efforts of LPK Architects and others who worked to make the improvements possible.