The Making of an Architect- Part 2
Besides general office errands, one of my projects was to organize their photo archive room, so I’d spend hours sifting through images of projects, drawings, models, and helping to create order from the piles. My little piece of heaven. An exciting break was when I was asked to help with a plastilina clay model of a proposal for an arts center in the Poconos (never built). My job was to make the trees. It was a large site model for a wooded site, so most of the surface was covered with these little clay balls that I rolled and then stippled with a cluster of pins that I assembled. It was a tedious task, but it enabled me to work full days in the studio surrounded by the architects in the office, hearing their discussions about projects and getting to know them. It was a special thrill whenever Lou (as everyone called Kahn) would come through to discuss projects with his staff. An inspiring summer for an aspiring young architect.
The summer after my high school graduation, I went to Europe with a backpack, but I was asked to come back to Kahn’s office after my first year of architecture school. Sadly, Kahn died that spring and the office was cut back to the essentials, so I wasn’t able to return. But the memories of one summer in that world renowned studio carried me forward on the challenging road to becoming an architect. This blog post is dedicated to Lou.
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