Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Maryland Science Center Museum


My name is Nilam Sari, and I am a rising junior at MICA studying Graphic Design and Interdisciplinary Sculpture. During the spring semester of 2016, I was looking for a graphic design internship opportunity somewhere in Baltimore.  I attended the Career Fair where I saw the Science Center booth and found out they were looking for an intern skilled in wood fabrication

Steven Valenziano, my soon-to-be-supervisor, explained the intern would help build their on-going exhibition and then be given the opportunity to design, plan, and fabricate their own exhibit. I showed him my portfolio we discussed my interest in toy design which made him encouraged me to apply because most of the exhibition is related to children’s interaction. I applied and went to the interview, and after two weeks I received news I and one other applicant were accepted for the opportunity to intern as an Exhibition Design and Fabrication Intern at the Maryland Science Center Museum.


During my internship, I learned more about materials, tools, fabrication method, and museum exhibition interactions. I got to learn a lot of things from being outside of the classroom in an environment more specific to my interests. For example, I learned about different kinds of fasteners and what each is best used for as well as how to choose materials for different projects and ways to handle them correctly. 

Most importantly, I learned how to use a CAD program, Solidworks, which is a important for me because its the most widely used program in the product and toy design industries. MICA doesn’t really have a dedicated class for this program but it is important for me to know how to operate it. I entered my internship with  zero knowledge of 3D modeling and, by the end, was finally able to 3D model my own sculptures, set up a technical drawing, and have a clear blueprint readable to other fabricators. This was a great experience for me and I would recommend becoming an Exhibition Design and Fabrication Intern at the Maryland Science Center Museum to other people who are looking to learn more about design and sculpture. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Living Design Lab

My name is Valeria Fuentes and I interned the summer of 2016 at a local architectural design firm called Living Design Lab. I first heard of this firm when the Founding Principal, Davin Hong, gave a presentation to my department at one of our weekly lunch presentations. He later became a MICA adjunct professor for architecture where he taught my main studio course during the first semester of my junior year.  In this class, I learned not a lot about architectural design, but also about his newly established firm, Living Design Lab. He also consulted me on an upcoming side project of mine regarding neighborhood revitalization. After the class ended, I felt like I could still learn a lot from both him and his partner at the firm, Kevin Day, so I contacted Living Design Lab about the possibility of an internship.

The Living Design Lab is self-described as “a new kind of design firm with a comprehensive approach that aims to deliver projects that are successful by every measure.” It places a strong emphasis on establishing relationships with the surrounding communities and that also intends to create social impact through collaboration.

Davin Hong served as my direct supervisor though Kevin Day was also very present, particularly in the second half. During my time at Living Design Lab, my responsibilities varied from attending meetings with potential clients, making presentations for such meetings (as well as one for meeting with their existing clients), creating sketches on Autocad, as well as other tasks. Nearing the end of my internship, I worked primarily on tasks involving the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) where meet with the Nurse Managers of various departments to determine if the new medicine units being design will fit into their designated areas.

One of the projects I am most proud of was creating the visual presentation and site plan for a new development project in Druid Hill. Although I am not too fond of hospitals, I am proud of how much I accomplished with the degree of complexity this project entails. I am happy with the progress I made with the UMMC project in interacting directly with people, community engagement, and on-the-spot drawing floor plans.