Hannah Michaelson

Hannah Michaelson

Syracuse, NY, US

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In May 2020, I completed a Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in English from Syracuse University. With the transition to career, I look forward to continuing to learn and develop beyond academia.  During my time at Syracuse, I accrued 9 months of professional work experience at architectural offices, and had the privilege to lead a summer program for high school students at Syracuse University.  My internship at King + King Architects afforded me the opportunity to develop valuable professional skills, most notably the firm’s design process in their Healthcare and Community Department.  While a teaching assistant for the School of Architecture, my education was enhanced through understanding the nuances of evaluating design proposals from a professor’s perspective.  By pursuing these experiences, I have a heightened awareness of an architect’s influence on the final product.

In the past year, my research partner and I applied for and were awarded multiple research grants from Syracuse University. These grants provided me the opportunity to explore my interest in community research and engagement while traveling to interesting places. Exploring the unlikely community narratives as they relate to the built environment is a topic of great interest to me. Through this research, I found my passion for the synthesis of architecture and the storytelling which emerges from the surrounding community.


Social Justice and Engineering Initiative, Remote, Volunteer Writer

Jul 2020 - current

Syracuse University School of Architecture, Syracuse, NY, US, Assistant Editor

Organizing and compiling the thesis work of SOA’s class of 2020 into a final booklet and exhibition for the university’s archive and graduation.

Aug 2019 - current

Syracuse University School of Architecture, Syracuse, NY, Advanced Structures Tutor

I was approached by the school to lead tutoring classes for younger students in the Architecture Program who needed additional assistance with their Advanced Structures assignments and tests.

Sep 2019 - Jan 2020

Syracuse University School of Architecture, Syracuse, NY, US, Teaching Assistant

Conducting design reviews and tutorials for a large group of high school students attending the university run program.

Jun 2019 - Jul 2019

King + King Architects, Syracuse, NY, US, Architectural Intern

Revising construction documents in Vectorworks and rendering in Sketchup for submissions within the Healthcare Community studio.

May 2018 - Jun 2019

Everson Museum Of Art, Syracuse, NY, US, Exhibition Production Team

Producing museum-quality drawings and digital modeling for an exhibit celebrating 50 year anniversary.

May 2018 - Aug 2018

Johnson-Schmidt and Associates, Corning, NY, US, Architectural Intern

Modeling and rendering buildings in Revit for client presentations. Design input for potential interior layouts.

May 2016 - Aug 2017


Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture with an English Minor
Dean’s List Spring 2016 - Fall 2019 - Magna Cum Laude
SU Abroad Program - Florence - Fall 2019
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee - Class Rep 2020

Aug 2015 - May 2020


Citation in Thesis Excellence Recipient, Award


Syracuse Research Grant Recipient - Academic Grant, Grant

In collaboration with Genevieve Dominiak, my current thesis partner, we were awarded an Undergraduate Creative Research Grant to supplement our ongoing thesis work. We intend to analyze Superfund sites around Salt Lake City, UT as examples of how post-human waste and human communities coexist along this threshold. Specifically, we are looking at how architectural design can intervene to further the communication between these hidden wastelands and the surrounding communities.


Syracuse Research Grant Recipient - Summer Research, Grant

In collaboration with Genevieve Dominiak, we were awarded an Undergraduate Creative Research Grant to explore the ways in which Icelandic folklore has engaged with the built environment. This Icelandic folklore shapes how the government and communities ethically engage with their environment, particularly through intense respect for their cultural heritage and identity.


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