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Thank you to our summer 2022 interns

This summer, we had the pleasure of hosting three talented architectural and interior design interns: Soham, Kai, and Vivian. We asked them and our team to reflect on their summer spent with us. 

Soham, a graduate student at the University of Illinois, was an Architectural Intern this summer. He worked on a variety of projects including sketch up modeling for the St. Ignatius Church renovation at Boston College alongside Associate Principal Kenneth Hartfiel, AIA. He also worked closely with Senior Interior Designer Adriana Ramacciotti, NCIDQ, LEED AP, and WELL AP. He enjoyed learning about the phases of Schematic Design Development and Construction Administration. 

“He was a self-proclaimed ‘SketchUp Master,’ and he rose to the occasion! He had good modeling skills, asked good questions, and kept me aware of his progress. He was such a pleasure to work with. Very pleasant and courteous; a gentle soul,” said Kenneth. 

Soham also worked on 250 Western Ave with Adriana where he helped her to present finished renderings for a client presentation.  

“Despite being under time constraints, Soham was able to incorporate additional options, objects, and light studies using Sketch Up and Enscape. I enjoyed his enthusiasm and the willingness to help, learn, and follow instructions effectively,” said Adriana.  

Kai was also an Architectural Intern with us this summer. He is a graduate student of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. 

Kai says a big moment for him at DiMella Shaffer was the opportunity to work with high school students from Youth Build Boston, a local nonprofit whose mission is to provide underserved young people with the support and credentials to enter the AEC industry. Our firm hosted designery students interested in architecture for a workshop where Kai helped us conduct a design charrette for their summer design projects. 

“Being able to collaborate with long-time friends over at YBB to help mentor high school students felt inspiring. The ability to connect youth with the design world is tremendously necessary, and to give these students the opportunity to engage, explore, and ask questions was rewarding,” said Kai. 

Mark Wilson, a designer with DiMella Shaffer worked with Kai on materials used to win a large academic project for the firm. He also worked alongside Kai as he taught Youth Build Boston designery students at our workshop this summer.  

“I witnessed Kai teaching students in small breakout groups, and he was a great mentor with a clear eye for design. He wasn’t afraid to share his opinions and knowledge,” said Mark. 

Vivian, our Summer 2022 Interior Design Intern is an undergraduate student at Endicott College where she studies Interior Architecture with a minor in Theater. An overall highlight of her time spent at the firm was the atmosphere of people who were willing to help as she learned more about interior design, architecture, and different projects. 

She worked closely with Senior Associate Kathy, NCIDQ, LEED AP on numerous projects with a variety of Senior Living clients such as Orchard Cove, The Boston Home, and Glenmeadow. Vivian worked on reflected ceiling plans, site measurements, floor finish patterns, gathered wall coverings, started 3D renderings, and helped Kathy prepare for the Design Development presentation to a client and the resident community. 

“She’s articulate and not afraid of jumping in and offering her opinion in meetings and design reviews. She embraces every learning opportunity that comes her way,” said Kathy. 

We’re excited to have Vivian continue as an Interior Design Intern in the Fall. 

Thank you to each of our hardworking Summer 2022 interns! 

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