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INTERN
DEVELOPMENT
PROGRAM

2024 IDP Interns

Development of fundamental design skills with
hands-on project experience.


The 2024 internship program was developed to provide a framework for the interns to understand the principles of design through everyday fundamental tasks and translating the skills developed into the realization of projects of different scales. The program followed iterative design process and refinement throughout multiple schemes. Task management through multiple stages of delivery and time allowances were integrated into the projects to replicate a real-world deliverables. 

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The fundamental exercises focussed on exploring basic elements of design and their relationship to form, scale, proportion, study of shades and shadow and their application in compositions. This fostered architectural language comprehension and drawing development skills to understand plans, views, elevations and sections. The tasks included timed or prompted sketching, object drawings, freehand concept diagrams, outdoor sketching and project documentation through different mediums. 

Abebe Residence
Small-scale hypothetical project based on a real existing house in Ashland. The interns were presented with base drawings of the building envelope and a hypothetical narrative of the house with its owners. The task involved site visit to record the existing exterior features of the house and site, as well as visualizing and deducing the interior layout of the house based on the narrative provided. The intern displayed their understanding of the residence through hand-drawn presentations and physical model. 

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RVM x 2040
Large-scale hypothetical project that intended to re-imagine the current use and design of the Rogue Valley Mall in Medford to develop a biodynamic agrarian co-housing community. The project task included using the concept of adaptive re-use to create 200 residential units and propose site wide design development for regenerative agriculture, integrated access and security with a special focus on renewable resource generation.This hypothetical project was an exercise towards the architectural understanding of adaptability, sustainability and socio-cultural impacts. 

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The interns collaborated with the Arkitek team twice a week for four hours each session; weekly at both the Arkitek Ashland office and at the Arkitek Hub@CraterWorks Makerspace. Besides the set program tasks, the interns also had the opportunity to shadow the team members on site visits and charrettes of various on-going projects at Arkitek which allowed them to experience a working environment in which to observe and apply their knowledge. The interns were also certified and provided access to Epilog laser cutters, 3D printers, and utilized shop assembly methods while honing digital presentation skills.  

The intern development program 2024 culminated with a final design presentation of their work during the program and a party with the arkitek design team.  

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