Quorum makes dreams come true and I am living proof. You know that tight-knit group of friends you graduated college with; the one's that helped you through all your structures exams, relationship problems and made you breakfast after studio all-nighters. The ones that you first called when you passed your first A.R.E. exam and the ones that encourage you to just keep at it when you fail an exam for the second time. We all have those friends, or at least we should, as life is sweetest when you have good friends, strong personal relationships and deep connections. So it's hard when life after college leads those friends down a different path. You keep in touch as best you can but as they begin to get married and have kids it becomes harder and harder to do. We manage to get together once a year for a chili cookout in October, where we reminisce about the good old days and catch up on each others life. I've often dreamed about how it would be to work with my friends, like we once worked together in college. Frankly, after leaving architecture in 2012 to pursue a career in secondary education this dream had all but faded.
As it turns out, after some conversations this summer I was able to take an internship at Quorum Architects, and my dream of working along side my good friend, and college buddy, Arthur Calcaterra came true. I will admit that I was a little rusty after a 3 year hiatus from the architecture industry but having familiar faces encouraging me made all the difference. I was part of a great team that allowed me to come alongside them and work through an entire phase of a project while I was there. Though I was only there for the Summer I felt that I learned a lot from my teammates and the experience will definitely make its way back into my classroom. From day one I felt welcomed as if I was a part of the Quorum family, so it was hard to say good bye when the start of the school year rolled back around. Though I have no current plans to make a career change back to architecture I was encouraged by many at Quorum to pick back up the pursuit of my architect license and I believe I will.
Overall my time at Quorum was the best that I've had working at an architecture firm. The big surprise to me was that it had less to do with the fact that I worked with my old friend and more to do with the great new friends I made.