Rafi Lehmann ’20



Project Title

Fluvial Metropolis

Certificate(s): Urban Studies

I lived in São Paulo serving as the liaison between Princeton’s School of Architecture (SoA) and the University of Sao Paulo’s Faculdade
de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAU) as they prepared the second book from the yearslong Fluvial Metropolis research initiative, which explores the interplay between urban design and natural waterways. I worked with the faculty in São Paulo to collect, edit and translate papers for publication. I also developed a map of key locations in São Paulo to be photographed for the book. In my spare time, I shadowed a few FAU graduate students to learn about local fluvial design projects. Additionally, the faculty at FAU gave me one-on-one lessons on the history of the city’s water infrastructure, as well as general advice on my senior thesis project. Through this internship, I learned about the complexities of academic publishing, international collaboration and urban water infrastructure. I also was able to explore São Paulo and experience its history, architecture and culture.

Internship Year


Project Category

Urban Adaptation and Resiliency


Fluvial Metropolis Group, Princeton University School of Architecture and the Department of Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil


Mario Gandelsonas, Class of 1913 Lecturer in Architecture, Professor of Architecture, Princeton University; Alexandre Delijaicov, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo