Summer is coming to an end and back to school is around the corner. It’s always a bitter sweet time for us, because while we are excited that our Summer interns are continuing with their educations, we are always sad to see them go! Lately we’ve been thinking how much we hope their time at BRW has been beneficial and will assist them in school. Although Jordan Cox has headed back down to Aggieland, she was fantastic enough to leave us with some kind and encouraging words:
“I had no idea how much working for BRW would impact me. This was my first internship, so when I first came to work I was extremely nervous and had no idea what to expect. From the moment I walked in, everyone was exceptionally kind and helpful. Beyond the typical work week, I was able to participate in Friday socials and Saturday community service events.
During my internship, I was able to expand upon what I learned in classes. I worked in Revit, Sketch up, AutoCAD, and assisted with Marketing and Business Development. I not only witnessed, but experienced the hours, details, and hard work that actually goes into designing a building beyond form and into reality. I surveyed buildings, went on site visits, and participated in product discussions.
One of the most valuable aspects of this internship was that I was able to expand my knowledge about sustainable practices and different programs that are used to ensure the longevity of the buildings and the people in them. BRW is passionate and very dedicated to sustainable designs and LEED certifications; the ideal that “environmentally responsible” architecture must be not only aesthetic and functional, but also reduce the building’s footprint is invaluable.
After this summer, I’ll be going back to Texas A&M with much more than just experience and extended knowledge. The lessons I’ve learned while at BRW cannot be taught in a classroom. I was not only given the opportunity to apply what I had learned in classes, but was also offered feedback that I know will impress my professors.
Most notable: while assisting with redlining on a project, I was able to piece together the concept of structures and materials into the actual design and see firsthand how that comes together in construction documents. My next semester will be an integrated studio where I will apply systems and structures to formal design – thanks to BRW, I was finally able to bridge that gap of understanding.
Although this summer with BRW was short, I cannot express enough how my time working side-by-side with the team was beneficial. Architecture and design is never finished; it is an ongoing process and I can confidently say I am more prepared than ever. Thank you to everyone at BRW for making my summer amazing!”
Best of luck, Jordan! GIG’EM!