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Designing Houses, Her Future

Emily Gasperetti ’10 has been able to put her skills as a student of architecture and studio art to good use this summer. She is interning with Donna Brown, an architect and proprietor of an architectural firm in Seattle, Washington. Brown primarily works on residential remodeling, which includes projects ranging from designing a back porch to gutting the interior of a building and remodeling the whole space.  

“Donna actually has a lot of work right now which, given the economic situation, is kind of surprising and very fortunate. Because she has so much work, I have been able to see and participate in many parts of the design and building processes,” Gasperetti says.

Alongside Brown, Gasperetti has been able to take an active role in design. She begins the process of remodeling through a design meeting where she has conversations with the client about likes and dislikes. Afterward, Gasperetti often has the opportunity to draft the plan for the new space using architectural standards.

Gasperetti has also taken on a project of her own, working on a tile layout for a client’s shower. “This has been surprisingly challenging,” she says, “Because the client picked out a specific tile that is rather large and doesn’t allow for much variation while asking us to draw inspiration from a stained glass window. I enjoy the challenge, I like to think of it as a puzzle, there is a perfect solution; I just have to find it.”

She adds that the internship is helping her decide what direction she wants to take with her architecture degree by giving her experience in residential remodeling.

Gasperetti is a double major in architecture and environmental studies with a minor in studio art. She is involved in the Glass Blowing Club and works in the William Smith Deans Office and the Career Services Office. She studied architecture while she was abroad in Denmark during the spring 2009 semester.