Amber Lin, 2019, Civil and Environmental Engineering

I helped create, design and construct a series of public exhibitions for the Regional Plan Association’s (RPA) fourth regional plan for the New York City metropolitan area. The RPA plan presents winning designs that address how social and environmental changes could affect the regional population. I primarily worked on the main exhibition at Rockaway Beach. I helped construct a board on which visitors could indicate what the four different segments of the metropolitan area meant to them. I also helped build a set of Lego tables intended to engage younger visitors. I gained skills in Adobe Suite software, model building, wood construction and finishing, and more. I experienced the ins and outs of working at an architecture firm and I learned the value of strong communication between the architect and the client. This internship showed me that architecture can be key to environmental communication. It was a valuable opportunity to evaluate my career choices.

* This internship is connected to the PEI Urban Grand Challenges project, “Urban Adaptation to Climate Change.