ERIC SHRIPKA | master of architecture candidate, 2015 | washington university in st. louis | sam fox school of design + visual arts
This past summer I was an intern at a local architecture firm here in St. Louis. At 32 years old I was a summer intern; the elder intern. My undergrad was not in architecture (it was in computer information systems) and I ha worked in corporate America in technology and finance for nearly nine years. So only after one year of graduate architecture school, I was thrilled to have an internship. Christner, Inc. was a fantastic experience. I worked within the facility planning group of the firm. The group helps clients such as hospitals and institutions determine their space needs over the course of ten to twenty years. There is more economics and analysis involved than design work. So, this was a natural fit for me as a transition from my extensive analytical background with my future design desires. My summer project was research into simulation, but the kind of simulation that is statistical and operational in nature. For example, a hospital emergency department can be modeled and then “what-if” scenarios applied to understand operational results, and therefore spatial results, of perhaps an substantial increase in patient arrivals. I researched the software used to do this, how other people are using simulation including hospitals an other architecture firms. At the end of the summer I presented my research to the office on a Friday over beers and snacks. My summer was also interspersed with other work such as redlines and graphical work. The office was a great collection of people and work. We organized an office float trip, participated in design reviews, and have even been invited back to be guest judges in the chili cook-off. I didn’t feel like an intern and more so didn’t feel like an elder intern! Fun summer, fun people, and fun work!
BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, SPERTUS INSTITUTE’S AWARD-WINNING FACILITY
WILL BE POWERED EXCLUSIVELY BY RENEWABLE ENERGY
Initiative will save 6,200 tons of CO2
from entering the atmosphere annually
(Chicago) Beginning October 1, 2013, the glass-fronted Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership will be powered by 100% renewable energy, saving 6,200 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere over the next three years and adding to the Institute’s already significant list of sustainable practices.
Designed by Chicago-based Krueck & Sexton Architects, the unique Spertus Institute building opened at 610 S. Michigan Avenue in 2007. It has since won numerous architectural awards including honors from the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, and has become an admired addition to the innovative architecture for which Chicago is renowned.
The Spertus Institute, a great Michigan Ave. architectural piece…