Catherine Shih

Catherine Shih

Philadelphia, PA, US

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I am a first year Master of Architecture student at the University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign seeking a summer internship at an architectural design firm. 


Joel Sanders Architect / MIXdesign, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer and Marketing Coordinator

At Joel Sanders Architect (JSA), a small architecture firm based in New York, I had the unique opportunity to be exposed to all facets of the design process for two years prior to graduate school. Working under the supervision of JSA staff, I established budgets, concepts, interior material palettes, and built-in furniture designs for residential projects and became the coordinator for furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FF&E) at the office. Additionally, working on marketing-related tasks such as searching for and preparing requests for proposals (RFPs) and press packages, I developed an understanding of how architects combine text, diagrams and images to express their design concepts to clients. Finally, working directly under Joel Sanders I conducted research and assisted in successfully receiving multiple grants for Stalled!, a Best Practice guidelines manual for all-gender bathrooms and locker rooms, an experience that has allowed me to further explore my interest in architecture as a vehicle of ideology and social justice.

Oct 2015 - Jul 2017


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, MArch, Masters of Architecture

Aug 2017 - current

Yale University, New Haven, Bachelors, Architecture

Aug 2011 - May 2015


Schenck-Woodman Scholarship 2018, 3rd Place

Design competition at The University of Pennsylvania


George W. Neff Memorial Fellowship 2017-2018, Scholarship

Academic Scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign.


Stroube Family Award 2015, Yale Track & Field, 1st Place

Given to a member of the team who excels in sportsmanship, courage, and inspiration.


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