nTERN: 4 weeks at nARCHITECTS
MIT’s January Independent Activities Period (IAP) has come and gone but the memories from a month interning at nARCHITECTS will last forever.
Me and a fellow MIT student joined the small and busy team at nA for four weeks of massing models, façade studies, render views, site models, and lots of treats from Burrow, the adorable hole-in-the-wall bakery on the first floor of the office building in DUMBO, Brooklyn (they don’t even have a phone!).
We jumped into projects located in Seattle, Toronto, Chicago, Cleveland, and even one on our home turf back on MIT’s East Campus. While much of the work we did is still “top secret,” or at least not yet public, here are some photos of the office area and older models. You’ll see pictured projects for New York’s Department of Transportation and the Forest Pavilion in Taiwan as well as some shots of New York in sun and snow.
As my first internship at an architectural office, I was mostly happy that I survived and didn’t somehow delete or ruin all their projects and drawings. More seriously, it gave me perspective on the space between practice and school, between studio design and design of “real” projects. While there was a familiar rhythm of work, plot, pin-up/desk crit, and re-work, there were also constraints from the client, budget, project timeline, consultants and more that grounded projects in a way that studio often misses. However, no matter the constraints, a real built project will emerge – one that we can visit, walk around, and romantically (if not naively) think to ourselves, “I was part of this project.”
nARCHITECTS, was founded by Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang (MIT Class of 1993).