COLUMBIA, SC – June 30, 2020 – Quackenbush Architects + Planners is pleased to announce and welcome Taylor Wahler and Juan Contreras to the Q+ team as summer interns.
Taylor Wahler is a graduate of Holy Cross in Worchester, Massachusetts where she majored in Architectural Studies and minored in Studio Art. The unique aspect of her major was that it was self-designed and had the freedom to choose the courses that most interested her. She focused her efforts on studying architectural history, religious perspectives through garden design, and set and lighting design in theatre. She also played collegiate softball for 4 years at Holy Cross. Taylor is currently working on her master’s degree in architecture, where she is about to enter her second of three years at Clemson University.
“I’m looking forward to learning about the practical application of architecture,” she says. “I want to see the different phases of design and how architecture progresses in real time. I want to expose myself to educational projects, from sports facilities to school buildings, because I have an interest in that field. Coming from a small private college, I was fascinated with the few expansion projects that occurred during my time there. I think there is a lot of potential to influence a learning environment through architecture and I hope to learn some of the tricks of the trade in this field.”
She’s currently working on the Lower Richland Softball Pressbox. “Because it’s a small project, I’ll get to see the majority of the architectural design process from start to finish. It’s also fun to work on a sports project that I’m passionate about.”
Taylor says she chose to intern at Quackenbush because of the types of projects we do. “I think I want to get into K-12 and Higher Ed projects and Quackenbush has a wealth of expertise in these fields.
Juan Contreras is heading into his senior year of Architecture at Clemson University. Despite starting only recently, Juan has already seen how hand-on architecture practice varies from pure architectural study. “The difference between practice and being a student has definitely felt a little like night and day with some similarities sprinkled in,” he says. “One of the biggest differences is how it takes a complete team to work on a single project. I have been enjoying practice so much it might be hard to transition back to school!”
During his time here at Quackenbush, Juan looks forward to learning how to take a project from concept to reality. “I look forward to seeing how the design of a project can evolve from an ongoing concept to a finalized design that exceed all of the expectations a client may have.”
Another aspect of his hand-on time is site visits. So far Juan has had the opportunity to visit the new Rosewood Elementary School Library Addition & Renovation. “This is definitely a place that will be inspiring students for many years to come.”
Juan is excited to be a part of the team at Quackenbush and is eager to learn everything he can during his summer internship. “I chose Quackenbush because of the opportunity to collaborate on innovative projects that will become a part of my home state.”