Sara Schmidt

Sara Schmidt

Philadelphia, PA, US



As a recent graduate in Architecture, with a minor in Landscape Architecture, I have five years of experience in the design process, both architectural and landscape concentrated, and five summers’ worth of experience as an intern in two multidisciplinary architecture firms.

My education has focused on a variety of programs, from conceptual projects in my first year and multidisciplinary studios in my fourth and fifth years, to various competitions, and a capstone Digital Methodologies Design X studio. Through my experience in a range of studio environments I have acquired skills that have allowed me to work on a multitude of scales, from the programming of individual moving wall components and interactive bus shelters, to the development of skyscrapers and master plans.

Not only do I have a strong background in the field of architecture, I also have a love and affinity for landscape design, as well as a developing interest and growing skill in parametric studies. The integration of landscape and architecture has been a concentration of mine in my studio projects over the last five years. The collaborative project I worked on in the fall took advantage of the relationship between these two fields. Creating a proposal that would unify the community of Nicetown, my group and I designed an urban park in conjunction with a public market and community center.  After many interviews with the community members and an extensive site analysis we were able to design these spaces in the best way possible for the neighborhood. Community involvement and the holistic approach to the project allowed us to pay greater attention to scale and design a range of experiences for each user.

I have completed summer internships at two different firms where I was able to work with design teams on aspects of various projects, from design development to construction administration. I worked directly with clients, collaborated on presentations, and contributed to the final documentation of the projects. My roles included product research and selection, CAD drafting, structural detailing, and creating presentation graphics.

I am comfortable working as part of a team and I have the ability to take an authoritative and independent role. I served as AIAS chapter president in my senior year and with the help of the executive board I organized trips, events, and workshops to augment the Architecture curriculum. Completing team-based comprehensive projects both as an intern and as a student, as well as projects designed individually in studio, demonstrates that I have the ability to work within a collaborative or solo environment. 



KCBA Architects, Hatfield, PA, US, Intern

. A multi-disciplinary firm with work focusing on elderly care, education, places of worship, community, mixed-use, and speculative projects.
. Computer-based drafting and technical drawings for use in construction documentation and on-site surveying
. Structural detailing and rendering
. Production of marketing brochures and presentation board

May 2007 - Jan 2012

Beth Vail Architect, Lakeville, PA, US, Intern

. Small firm with work focusing on residential and community-based projects.
. Computer-based drafting and technical drawings for use in construction documentation and on-site surveying
. Structural detailing and rendering
. Experience with cost-estimating and construction management.
. Presentation and model making

Jun 2011 - Aug 2011


Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2007 - May 2012


Faculty Design Award: 5th Year in Architecture, Other


Philadelphia University Chapter AIAS, Emerging Leader, Other


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