Matthew Maldonado, 2018, Architecture

Through an internship at LTL Architects, I assisted the Regional Plan Association (RPA) in the design and construction of an exhibition for their fourth regional plan. The regional plan is a collection of proposals and suggestions for the current and future planning of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region. Contributing to the plan’s fourth iteration was an amazing experience. The plan deals with issues including regional prosperity, sustainability, resiliency and transportation. The goal is to propose a long-range vision for the future growth and development of the region, while also accounting for its present condition. The other interns and I designed an exhibition space that was both programmatically functional and aesthetically compelling. The experience I gained from working at a professional architecture firm has reinforced my decision to pursue architecture as a major and a career, and the teamwork, problem-solving and design skills I learned will prove invaluable in the future.

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