Rafi Lehmann, ’20, History

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.