Cam My Nguyen ’23
Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum Project
Certificate(s): Environmental Studies, Urban Studies
My internship focused on a new cultural development and revitalization project for Berkshire County and the city of North Adams, Massachusetts. I helped advance the Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum by making sustainable-design recommendations in pursuit of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. To get acquainted with the project, I began by researching funding opportunities, grant programs and the current state of the project site, looking into potential remediation pathways and sustainable redevelopment. Another major aspect of the work included creating a 1:48 scale model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater as a benchmark for model creation moving forward. Working with my mentor, I used Rhino 3D software to prepare and create files for the buildings and furniture to be 3D and resin printed. This internship provided me with insight into the process of design and construction of large-scale projects and the ways that sustainability can be integrated, and it reinforced my career goals to be an architect with a focus on sustainable design.
Urban Systems and Planning for a Sustainable Future
GCAM | Global Cultural Asset Management Group- North Adams, Massachusetts
Yina Moore, Chief Architect, GCAM; James Pihakis, Senior Project Manager, GCAM; Chris Li, Architect, GCAM