At HMFH, we are committed to sharing our expertise with the next generation of architects. For the next installment of our Intern Spotlight series highlighting the work and accomplishments of our dedicated interns and co-ops, we’d like to introduce Grace Allen: a third-year architecture student at Northeastern University who joined us on co-op this year.
Since starting at HMFH this summer, Grace has spent time working on a diverse range of projects including a net-positive energy school, a 252,000 sf middle school and a high-rise urban school. Grace has been essential in detailing evacuation plans, selecting paint swatches, and document organization for these projects.
We checked in with Grace to discuss her co-op experience thus far and learn more about her plans for the future.
What drew you to architecture?
Growing up I was really into arts and crafts. At the beginning of the day, I would empty our recycling onto my craft table behind our couch and sit there all-day making things out of “trash”. Before I had decided my major or even what school I was going to, I visited Northeastern’s architecture studio and felt like I was sitting at an “adult version” of my childhood craft table and decided that architecture at Northeastern was the path for me.
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
I would describe my design aesthetic as organic eclectic. I like an organized mess of organic and natural colors, shapes, and plants. I’m also really inspired by the Eames House.
What’s been your favorite experience at HMFH?
My first site visit with HMFH to Arlington may be my favorite experience here so far.
What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned during your internship at HMFH?
The most important thing I have learned by working here is to really listen to the conversations around you. You can learn a lot just by observing and trying to apply that to your work later on.
What is a piece of advice you would give to future interns?
Advice I would give to the future co-ops is do not be afraid to ask questions or ask to participate in certain tasks. Everyone here is happy to help!
Do you have any plans for after graduation?
After graduation I plan to pursue my masters and eventually my architecture license!
Check out our recent Intern Spotlight series posts to learn more about HMFH’s interns and co-ops: