On my first day I expected a much stricter work atmosphere. Quorum was much more laid back than I anticipated. In only a few short days I felt very comfortable, comfortable enough to learn an enormous amount of new things about architecture! Over the summer I became very familiar with computer programs including AutoCAD and Photoshop. I completed many assignments that gave me a good understanding about how these programs are used in the “real world” as opposed to a classroom or studio. During my freshman year at A&M, my professors really focused on drawing, but now I’ve been exposed to these other methods of design communication.
Three days during lunch I was able to sit in on an AIA Continuing Education class. I heard presentations on Artificial Turf, Stained Concrete, and The Fundamentals of Interior Protection (Tuff Wrap). I learned new things not only from the presentation but from the questions that architects at Quorum asked (and free lunch was a great bonus!!). The days I enjoyed the most were the days I got to visit job sites. I visited the Fort Worth Animal Shelter, the North Richland Hills Animal Shelter and Range Resources. At the animal shelters I learned about surveying and construction, and at Range I was able to see amazing office interior design very close to Quorum in Downtown Fort Worth!
A few additional things I enjoyed learning include how an architectural firm functions and a few basic accounting tips (to help with my accounting class in the fall!).
I have learned more than I ever thought possible during these few short months and I am very grateful for the opportunity! I can’t wait to get back to school and apply everything I’ve learned.
Quorum Summer Inter 2014
Texas A&M University