Jake In Chicago

Hi everyone,

I am Jake, a third-year Architectural Science student at Toronto Metropolitan University, is embarking on a transformative journey as I prepare to spend the next twelve months interning at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture in their Chicago office. Coming from Thornhill Woods, Toronto, a suburban town, my daily commute to downtown Toronto for school has instilled in me a unique perspective shaped by both urban and suburban dynamics.

With a fervent passion for architecture, I find solace and fulfillment in fabrication, building, and model making, relishing any opportunity to engage with tools and materials. Transitioning from roles as a workshop technician and a research assistant, I am eager to immerse myself in the architectural design process at AS+GG, where he anticipates a steep learning curve and invaluable exposure to real-world projects.

Navigating the intricacies of securing a visa to work in the United States has been a recent challenge for me, but with the unwavering support of Architect-US and AS+GG, he has successfully overcome bureaucratic hurdles, ensuring a smooth transition into his internship role. Introduced to Architect-US through AS+GG, Jake is grateful for the collaborative effort that facilitated his journey to this pivotal internship opportunity.

The catalyst for my aspiration to join AS+GG was a captivating lecture delivered by Gordon Gill at Toronto Metropolitan University. Inspired by Gill’s visionary works and insights into the future of architecture, I seized the opportunity to engage with him, exchanging his portfolio and expressing my eagerness to intern at AS+GG. Bolstering his application was a glowing recommendation from his third-year studio professor, a former AS+GG employee, who recognized Jake’s potential to thrive in a dynamic work environment.

As I embarks on this professional endeavor, my primary objectives extend beyond acquiring technical skills; he seeks to cultivate teamwork, networking, and interpersonal abilities crucial for success in any architectural firm. While software proficiency is essential, I prioritizes the collaborative spirit and collective achievement inherent in teamwork, recognizing its paramount significance in the architectural profession.

Jake Levy


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