Student Information

Student Name

Jeffrey Howson




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Axis Architectural Studio

Mentor(s):Riva Sloan

Topic of Internship

Architecture/ Design

Background Information

Axis Architectural Studio was started in June of 1996, in Englewood, New Jersey, by Steven Lazarus, A.I.A. and Riva Sloan, A.I.A. Both founding partners came with strong design backgrounds in new construction and interior design. Mr. Lazarus and Ms. Sloan bring over 30 years of combined experience to the firm. Axis has a staff of seven, including registered architects, AutoCAD draftsmen and designers. Axis has a reputation for a very complex design style as well as the highest standards of construction and architectural engineering. Their projects range from corporate expansions, award winning restaurants, medical offices, industrial warehouse projects, sports facilities, residential design, boutique stores, and private education facilities. Today, Axis provides complete architectural and interior design services to companies and individuals in the Mid Atlantic area. The office is located on 202 South Dean Street, by the first student bus company. Axis is a small firm and is to be considered one of Axisí best attributes. Everyone at Axis Architectural Studio is multi-tasking, and can complete the necessary tasks required to be good architects and designers. The office is structured with a team approach, and everyone is well versed on the projects in the office.

Summary of Internship

This internship gave me a good experience in the field of architecture and exposure to the real world. When I started out, I performed clerical tasks such as answering the phone, sending faxes, organizing and cleaning the library. From these simple tasks, I learned the basics of any office. As time went on, the few things I did were all still related to architecture. It just took me time to understand what the tasks I performed were for. I had to update the job list. The job list is a list of all the jobs Axis gets and they have a job number to it can be easily found. There were also job folders with the job name and number on it to keep the job files in. After arranging the library so many times, I got familiar with its contents. I was often told to put something back in the library and I had to put it where it belonged. There were many simple things I had to do. I also sent out envelopes to people they kept in contact with and sent packages Fedex. I made copies of original drawing plans and sent them out to the people that needed them. I had the opportunity to go on site visits to visit sites that they were working on to measure and sketch. Going on site visits exposed me how to measure and draw plans and understand the abstract concept on how to do architecture. Going on site visits was a relief to me because it is a good thing to get out off the office at times. It is a little bit freer going out of the office because it is not so tense. Doing an internship at Axis was a good experience for me to have during my senior year.

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