Alexa, from Rochester Institute of Technology explains that “Frank Dominguez”, the studio in which she is doing the internship “is a lively but cozy studio located in one of the best areas in Barcelona to allow creativity to flow freely. All ideas are welcome and encouraged in the studio making the workplace entertaining as well as challenging. Due to the fact that the studio is made up of multiple design divisions, I have the opportunity to learn from many design professionals from different design and production backgrounds. Although, I have only been working at the “estudi” for some weeks, it has already been an amazing experience. Watching the style of work and being exposed to the ideas of the designers at the studio is very inspiring and working with them has already allowed me to grow as a designer through the new methods I have been learning the past weeks. I feel very fortunate for this experience and I would definitely recommend it to future students!”.
Ally, from Fordham University, is “currently interning at a Graphic Design company, Estudi Virgili, in Gracia”. For her, “this internship is similar to those graphic design internships I have had in the past. I am given real work and tasks to complete. I work with the team to help create unique images and branding. Some of my daily tasks include finding references for examples and inspiration, creating several versions of redesigns for clients, and creating mood-boards to help portray our ideas to the client. I love my internship and am learning so much from it!”
And, lastly, Marilia, from George Washington University has found her niche here in Barcelona: she is interning in a studio that matches perfectly her idea of what design must be. She says “For a long time I was thinking of how to merge different fields of art and design rather than separating them. My internship has definitely been a mind opening experience since I have been able to see how rich it could be to incorporate interior, graphic and product design as well as photography. I feel lucky to intern in a smaller creative studio where it is a very collaborative environment, and I am learning from them as well as being encouraged to contribute to the team with my background and interests. It is a unique experience and I really feel like I belong here!”
Class visits – Meet the practitioners!
Whether they do internships or not, all the students in the program have a chance to visit local practitioners of architecture and design in their workplaces, and reflect on the philosophies and work styles behind each of them. For instance, this semester students have already gone to “The Hall Studio”, that breaks with the traditional concept of what a studio is. After almost a decade of experience working in architectural offices, Carolina Martinez decided to create her own, based on the idea of horizontal and fair collaboration with all the different agents participating in each project. She hosted our group in her office, explained about her responsible vision of architecture, and students were able to relaxedly discuss with her her approach to architecture and her particular projects.