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High School Interns Merge Personal Experience and Local History with Design

CSArch proudly concluded another successful internship with two high school students from North Colonie CSD and Schodack CSD. Our internship program has partnered with local school districts since the firm’s inception, providing students with the opportunity to explore a potential career in architecture and work among CSArch staff.

Claire Pulver, a senior from Maple Hill High School, and Abbigayle Gorman, a senior from Shaker High School, worked closely with internship coordinators Elizabeth Brutsch, Bill Preskenis, Musa Kanneh, and Kara Prack to learn the basics of architectural design and work in the Autodesk Revit software to develop their own design projects. This year, CSArch introduced Enscape, a rendering design software, into the internship program to help students realize their buildings’ potential. Claire and Abbigayle also selected actual sites and worked with our interior design department to select interior layouts and finishes.

Claire focused her project on the creation of a new fire station for her town where she used to volunteer, drawing inspiration from CSArch’s previous firehouse work to inform the design. Claire’s dad, a volunteer fireman, joined the critique panel to review her final project.

    Influenced by the beauty and historic architecture of Saratoga, Abbigayle’s café design incorporated materials and historic elements representative of the City of Saratoga Springs. She also created an indoor garden dining experience to enhance the visitor experience.

      “It was a pleasure working with both Abbigayle and Claire this semester,” said Bill Preskenis. “Their passion for design showed throughout the semester in their exemplary work and dedication to their design projects. We are thrilled they have both decided to pursue a professional career in architecture and look forward to witnessing their future success.”