My name is Matthew Jernigan and I am currently a fifth year architecture student at Virginia Tech working on my undergraduate thesis project, to obtain a Bachelor of Architecture in May 2014. I have established a strong core of design morals and values, and I create a creative and dynamic work enivronment when working with others in a team. I am looking to find an entry level position within the architecture field where I can continue to learn everyday from professionals in the discipline and simultaneously share and enhance my design and leadership skills in a collaborative and innovative work environment. I walk in a posture of learning and understand that once leaving the educational world, there is still something to be learned everyday.
Burns & McDonnell, Chesapeake, VA, US, Architectural Intern
This internship was in a smaller regional office of a larger company. I was able to see the more 'behind-the-scenes' aspects of projects. I worked on local projects where I could see how specification documents, ESRs, RFPs, and data sheets were assembled. In addition, it was beneficial to go on site visits to projects in order to see the relationship between the architects, engineers, and contractors.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Academic Intern
This internship was unpaid and academic, as it was through Virginia Tech's Chicago Studio program. I spent 4-5 weeks working with a studio on two projects. The first project was a large Exposition Center for transportation vehicles in China. I built two large section models to be sent to the clients, worked on plans and sections for the project and edited renderings. The second project was in Dubai, UAE as an high rise condo building. For this project, I worked on editing renderings. This job was beneficial to me in that I could see how a large corporate firm operated, especially with clients who were demanding.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA, US, BArch, Architecture
I've been fortunate enough to have studied abroad both semesters of my fourth year. In the fall semester, I lived in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland while working on a studio project and classes while immersed in Italian culture at Virginia Tech's Center for European Studies & Architecture. We traveled to 12 European countries, and learned much about the different cultures and historical architecture. In the spring semester, I studied in Chicago, Illinois with Virginia Tech's Chicago Studio program. For the first 10 weeks, we worked in pairs on an adaptive reuse project in Uptown Chicago. The last 5 weeks operated as an academic architectural internship with a firm in the city. While working for Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM), I learned the professional side of the profession in dealing with client demands. I worked on a project in China that required to large section models, as well as plan and section drawings.