Company/Organization: Salient Associates
Mentor(s):Charles Whelan, Maroun Kassab
Topic of Internship
Salient Architects was established in 2001 with offices in Brielle and Englewood, New Jersey. The office is filled with a diverse group of professionals tat sever clients all throughout the tri- state area and in cases further. Other than having offices here Salient Architects has employees in various parts overseas allowing them to be constantly working. The professionals at the office that are in charge of design are experienced in many different types of buildings ranging from small house extensions to corporate offices. For Salient Architects no project is too big or too small. In the past years the office has been following projects such as luxury custom homes, large scale community planning in Bridgeport, Connecticut and projects overseas with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. The diversity of the professionals in the office allows Salient Architects to have a great variety of ideas to help solve the different problems that appear from project to project.
Summary of Internship
As an intern at Salient Associates, I am exposed to different tasks relating in the architectural area. I perform different tasks; some of which may seem not important as such filing papers to being trusted enough to make corrections to document information on the site that is being worked on. Due to the economy the firm is currently working on mostly telecommunication projects. My first couple weeks at the office were a bit hard though there weren’t many tasks that I could actually perform since I lacked experience in AutoCAD (Auto Computer Aided Design). I had to familiarize myself with the software so I would be able to complete legitimate assignments. One of my mentors, Maroun, assigned me a little project to get me used to the program. The project consisted of my designing a floor plan for a house. I played around with the program and followed an employee’s textbook which helped me learn the basics. If I was given assignments I didn’t understand something most of the employees were very helpful and understanding. From my experience at Salient Associates, I have learned broaden my knowledge in the field of architecture, I have even learned that even though the weather might be bad you still need to get out there and do what is required of your job.
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