Robyn Engel

Robyn Engel

State College, PA, US


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On the cusp of finishing my Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in International Studies, I am also concluding my year-long thesis project on the water crisis in Los Angeles.  A reinvention of identity for the city is imminent as two established paradigms historically essential for Angeleno identity irrevocably change.  Both the decline of corporate Hollywood and the evaporation of water as a typical commodity will change Los Angeles.  I seek to create an architectural typology as an embodiment of this emerging identity. 

Architecture has given me the ability to see potential in the world.  When I visit a place, I do not only appreciate it for what it is but also for what it can become.  Through this architectural lens, I see the conflicts and challenges of society today from both a pragmatic planning perspective as well as an artistic point of view.  Architecture has also afforded me the technical ability to convey a story in a plethora of media, from film and photography to montage and storyboard.  The traditional means of visual communication are not boundaries, but rather starting points for exploration and experimentation in storytelling.  



Zola New World Bistro, State College, PA, US, Server

A server at Zola, I work as a waitress and occasional hostess.

Oct 2010 - current

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), New York, NY, US, Intern

An intern with the SOM Women's Initiative Winter Intern program, I assisted in the tasks of board layout, precedent research, document formation, managerial tasks, sketching in autocad, and detail specification

Jan 2014 - Jan 2014

Professors Rebecca Henn & Raghu Garud, Penn State University, University Park, PA, US, Research assistant

The thesis with this research position examined the different ways various disciplines define, and do, design. My responsibilities were drafting interview questionnaires and conducting interviews, as well as synthesizing the subsequent data.

Mar 2012 - Nov 2013

Temple Beth Israel Preservation Society, Danielson, CT, US, Intern

In this position, I conducted archival research, drafting interview questionnaires and conducting interviews, as well as creating a timeline installation for Temple Beth Israel.

May 2012 - Aug 2012

Point One Architects, Old Lyme, CT, US, Intern

As an intern at Point One, I aided with on-site visits and measuring, drafting interior elevations and designs, correcting red-lined drawings, modeling in Sketch-Up, as well as design collaging.

May 2010 - Aug 2010


The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), University Park, PA, US, BArch, Architecture

+ Bachelor of Architecture
+ Global and International Studies, B.S.

+ Spanish
+ Architectural History

Aug 2008 - current


Corbelletti Competition, Honorable Mention

A yearly design charrette, the Corbelletti competition is a hand-drawn competition with a different prompt each year. My entry depicted the corner of emotion and fact as they relate to memory.


KPF Traveling Fellowship, Nomination

Nominated by the Penn State fourth-year faculty, my portfolio was sent to compete for the 2013 KPF Traveling Fellowship.


2013 Fourth-Year Design Excellence Award, Pennsylvania State University, 1st Place

Co-Winner with Chris Peterson, I received this accolade based on a decision of the fourth-year faculty in the Penn State architecture program. Chris and I spent a semester designing a new media art center for Harlem, in which we decided to create a neighborhood workshop to facilitate exchange of knowledge and community empowerment.


11th Annual Hajjar Competition, Honorable Mention

A yearly design charrette, the Hajjar Competition is named after a former Penn State professor. With a State College site, the project task was to design a library and cottage for a book genre of our choice. My choice was post-apocalyptic and dystopian literature, which gave rise to the creation of a bunker/library/observation tower.


2011 Student Film Organization Two-Day Film Competition, 1st Place

Co-winner with Caitlin Hutton, I helped write, cast, and produce the film "Lovesick," which was created from start to finish in two days. The film can be viewed at:


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