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Building a Future

After spending last summer interning at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill LLP in New York City, one of the largest architectural firms in the world, recent graduate Camilo Valencia Tigreros ’08 returned this summer to try his hand out in the firm’s Interiors department.

“Currently, I have been doing research on kitchen designers and their manufacturers,” Valencia Tigreros says. “I’ve visited showrooms and talked to business people about their product. I am trying to come up with a design that deals with ergonomic issues and will accommodate people of all dimensions. The goal of this project is to give the architects an idea about the kitchens that they could choose from for an office tower construction project.”

Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill employs more than 600 people in the New York office and has offices around the globe in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Francisco, London, Brussels, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. The firm is an interdisciplinary practice that deals with planning, engineering and interiors,” he explains.

Last summer, Valencia Tigreros worked on a project for Cleveland Clinics, a renovation program for a spa and health care facility. He also spent the summer working on the renovation of two towers that are owned by Solow Management Corp., dealing with everything from small details such as what stone to use, to the general architectural layout around the pool.

While at HWS, Valencia Tigreros spent much of his time in the art studio, graduating with a major in architectural studies and minors in urban studies and studio art. He now recognizes how amazing the opportunity to work for the architectural firm has been and how it is helping to jumpstart his career.

“It’s been the perfect place to begin. Working for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill has exposed me to the world of architecture in an aggressive way. It’s a fast paced look at the corporate world,” he said. “I’ve been involved in large projects and small renovations. I’ve had the opportunity to meet the designers responsible for some of the most important architecture being built; I think that’s rare. I’ve been very fortunate.”