Life-Long Pursuit – The journey of an Architectural Intern

Posted On: September 2, 2012
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“Your job as an ARCHITECT is to make sure that everyone on your team knows what their RESPONSIBILITIES are.” Douglas Mummaw.

It wasn’t too long ago that I marched along with my classmates in our graduation ceremony that celebrated the culmination of my undergraduate education and marked the beginning of my life as a professional. As of today, it has taken me six years of education, along with long hours of work sitting behind a desk either drawing by hand or on the computer. I have always enjoyed architecture school and the challenges it poses, but I knew that once school was over I’d have to find a way to put the learned classroom skills to practice. I have been fortunate to find a local architecture firm in Mummaw and Associates, led by Douglas A. Mummaw that has taken me under its wing and has given me the opportunity to experience a real world architecture practice. Working in an architecture firm has allowed me to be part of a team that works together to achieve a goal. The team environment in the office has taught me to listen, understand, and implement professional aspects that I would have not come up by myself. Such as, learning to use their software, an overwhelming obstacle I have been able to overcome, due to the tutelage of Andressa Caravaggi.
Without a doubt, the experience that I have gained thus far will be invaluable for my future. I will never forget Douglas telling me “Your job is to make sure that everyone in your team knows what their job is supposed to be,” this really took me by surprise, as it was then that I realized I was no longer just a student. The responsibility was put on my shoulders to lead the necessary trades in architecture towards a common goal, the completion of a project. During my first days on the job, I learned that communication was paramount and needed to be given a high level of importance. Not only were good, clear drawings required of me, but also phone calls, site visits, and e-mails to name a few, were required to make sure that everyone was working simultaneously and that no one was left behind. Believe it or not, I feel that the last six weeks have give me knowledge as much as an entire semester in school. Waking up early in the morning is not a drag anymore as I know that I am preparing for my entrance into the architects Life-Long pursuit of knowledge. I feel that the exposure that I have experienced will help me in the future to implement my architectural education in real world applications.
Not too long ago I had the opportunity to visit an office building that the team and I previously worked on and designed. As I walked through the hallways, I remembered drawing the intricate details that were required to make it a reality. The process beginning with the idea sketch, transferring to the computer and culminating with the finish product may be long, but in the end it’s is all worth it to me. Now that my time is nearing its end here for this summer, I would like to make a promise. I am a firm believer that behind a great person, there is always someone that propels them. In my case, I am glad that I have an entire team that has helped me during my stay at Mummaw and Associates. I would like to Thank the team and promise to keep practicing the excellence that I have experienced working beside you.
Thank you and May God Bless Mummaw and Associates.

Jose Quezada
B.S. in Architecture and currently working on his Masters at
Andrews University
Intern Architect – Mummaw CREATE Studio – Summer 2011/2012


Jose has been a committed, passionate student of Architecture since I met him at Palm Beach State College. I am certain he will continue his journey with curiosity and a dedication that will continue building his foundation.

Douglas A. Mummaw, AIA, NCARB