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Sasaki Welcomes Our 2019 Summer Interns

Each summer, Sasaki welcomes a group of talented and diverse interns from around the world. In the first two weeks of the program, the cohort collaborates across disciplines on a design charrette. By pairing with real world clients and tackling design and planning challenges, the interns get a sense of what it’s like to work at Sasaki.

“It’s an opportunity to learn and work across disciplines towards shared outcomes, which is a core value of our practice at Sasaki,” says Melissa Isidor, Marketing Coordinator and former intern. The charrette culminates with a juried review in front of the entire office; the reviewers are Sasaki principals and the charrette’s clients.

This year, the interns worked with the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA), an organization focused on creating equitable futures within the Mystic River Watershed, to explore resilience strategies for the watershed. In the first few days of the charrette, the group went on a site visit up the Mystic River with their clients from MyRWA. The site visit gave the team of interns and their mentors,  Sasaki designers and planners, an understanding of the scale at which they were working.

During the charrette, the cohort was guided by four questions about the watershed community, posed by their client, MyRWA:

“Where did we come from?”

“Who are we today?”

“How will climate change impact our future?”

“What strategies can we utilize to become more resilient?”

For the next two weeks, the intern group of 13 answered these questions through historical, site, and precedent analysis.

In mid-June, they presented their work, Make Way for Water, to a jury consisting of members of the client team from MyRWA and Sasaki principals.

After their presentation, Julie Worrmser, Deputy Director of MyRWA, asked the interns to present their project to the Resilient Mystic Collaborative, a coalition of representatives from the municipalities within the watershed.

Excited and empowered by their work on the charrette, the members of the cohort are now in their respective disciplines where they will be working alongside Sasaki designers and planners on a wide array of projects.

Meet Sasaki’s 2019 Summer Intern cohort below!

Angeline C Jaques

Architecture

Hometown
Nashua, NH

Education
MIT, Master of Architecture

My favorite dessert is…
The gooiest brownie you can find

If I could trade places with anyone I would be…
Beanie Babies, because who doesn’t want soft animal friends!

Brett Merrian

Planning

Hometown
Dallas, TX

Education
Harvard GSD, Master of Urban Planning

If I was a body of water I would be a…
Geyser. I’m generally pretty serene, but I get a lot of energy from high-pressure situations.

If I could trade places with anyone I would be…
I’d trade places with a spoiled family dog–I envy that stress free life.

Ciaran Crawley

Graphics

Hometown
Boston, MA & Belfast, Northern Ireland

Education
MassArt, BFA Communications Design

My favorite place in nature is…
The Giant’s Causeway.

My favorite childhood toy was…
A doll of Ken’s little brother that I took everywhere.

Didier Lucceus

Marketing and Communications

Hometown
Boston, MA

Education
Brown University, BA Architecture

My favorite dessert is…
strawberry shortcake! Simple and delicious!

If I could trade places with anyone I would be…
a very talented furniture maker!

Emma Hopkins

Marketing and Communications

Hometown
Stillwater, NY

Education
Princeton University, BA English, Minor Urban Studies

My favorite place in nature is…
The middle of a lake at sunrise.

If I could trade places with anyone I would be…
an eagle–I’d love to be able to fly, and to see everything from a different perspective for a bit (a birds-eye view, if you will).

Hanisha Thirth

Interiors

Hometown
Visakhapatnam, India

Education
Rhode Island School of Design, Master of Interior Architecture

My favorite place in nature is…
By the beach, on the sands.

My favorite childhood toy was…
My elephant toy. Oh I’ve been in love with elephants ever since I was a child. I remember crying for an elephant ride to school when I was in kindergarten.

Hannah Kushner

Civil Engineering

Hometown
Newark, DE

Education
Lehigh University, BS in IDEAS (Integrated Degree in Engineering Arts and Sciences) with Concentrations in Civil Engineering and Urban Policy

My favorite desert is…
Anything with sugar, chocolate, or fruit. I’ve been really into cannoli lately so I love having the North End just a few T stops away.

My favorite childhood toy was…
Jigsaw puzzles, LEGOs, and K’nex. I guess we always knew I’d be an engineer.

Hossein Goudarzi

Architecture

Hometown
Iran and Albuquerque, NM

Education
University of New Mexico, Master of Architecture

My favorite childhood toy was…
My elephant toy. Oh I’ve been in love with elephants ever since I was a child. I remember crying for an elephant ride to school when I was in kindergarten.

If I could trade places with anyone I…
Wouldn’t! I don’t like switching places 🙂

Jordan Pulling

Landscape Architecture

Hometown
Ballston Spa, NY

Education
SUNY ESF, Master of Landscape Architecture

My favorite desert is…
Strawberry rhubarb pie.

My favorite childhood toy was…
Gameboy Color… need I say more?

Julie Kim

Interiors

Hometown
Seoul, South Korea

Education
SCAD, BFA Interior Design

My favorite desert is…
Sticky rice and mango.

If I could trade places with anyone I’d be…
Somebody with a big backyard in the suburbs of London! No one famous–it’d be too much pressure!

Pu Yu

Urban Design

Hometown
Chengdu, China

Education
Harvard GSD, Master of Urban Design

If I was a body of water I would be…
Tears. Tears are a mixture of one’s whole life. They telegraph all kinds of feelings. They wash debris from your eyes, so you can see the world more clearly. They tell you what you care about the most, so you can face yourself more sincerely.

My favorite childhood toy was…
A second-hand Barbie doll, my first customer I designed and made the clothes for.

Wei Dou

Landscape Architecture

Hometown
Nanjing, China

Education
Harvard GSD, Master of Landscape Architecture

If I was a body of water I would be…
Glacial ice. I ate a small piece of glacial ice when I was in Iceland and that was so refreshing.

If I could trade places with anyone I would be…
My cat. Because he always looks so comfortable when he is sleeping.

Xu Han

Landscape Architecture

Hometown
Tsingtao, China

Education
University of Pennsylvania, Master of Landscape Architecture

If I was a body of water I would be…
Lake Baikal. Immense fresh water ocean!

If I could trade places with anyone I would be…
Myself. I’m the coolest (not true).

Yilun Hong

Urban Design

Hometown
Tsingtao, China

Education
Carnegie Mellon University, Master of Urban Design

My favorite desert is…
Mango jelly!

If I was a body of water I would be a…
Puddle maybe?

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