Noshin Khan, 2019, Architecture

I helped fabricate and design an exhibition for the Regional Plan Association (RPA) in preparation for the unveiling of their fourth regional plan for the New York City area. The exhibition featured four finalists from a design competition that challenged architecture firms to incorporate resiliency and urban planning into their plans. My intern team worked on every step of the installation, from design and fabrication, to monitoring the exhibition and interacting with visitors. Our responsibilities included community outreach and designing a parallel kids’ exhibition. A month before the public exhibition opened at Fort Tilden in the Rockaways, we installed a private exhibition at New York University to advertise the installation and foster conversations with the architect and guest urban-planning speakers. This internship gave me a sense of the large scale architects can work at, what it means to be an architect, and how interdisciplinary the field can be. I was torn between medicine and architecture as possible careers, but I now feel confident in my decision to become an architect.

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