Blackline Studio | wrapping up the week

It has been a crazy but great week, so I am going to squish multiple days into one post! Thursday I continued working on space planning for the real estate group that is expanding their offices. In addition to this, to help get construction documents out, I checked the materials with the finish schedule. In doing this, I was able to get exposure to commercial grade materials and how Blackline does their finish schedule compared to other firms I have had experience with. This is an exciting multi-family project that is using a lot of color and textures. I was able to go to an IIDA lunch meeting for their local chapter. This was a great experience to meet people from other firms in this profession, while also being a networking opportunity. I also was able to go to a rep gathering after shadowing with one of the interior designers from Blackline. This was another great networking opportunity and an enjoyable experience.

Today we had a chili cook-off and reviewed my portfolio as a group and with a few different people one-on-one. This was nice because I had feedback from people with interior designer, architect and graphic design backgrounds. I received great feedback about content and graphics that will help to push my portfolio hopefully to the next level. I was introduced to a different way of thinking about layouts and conveying my project information. This knowledge will be helpful for my portfolio as well as in programming documents and board configuration. I also was able to see some of the employee’s portfolios; their work was amazing and inspirational. In addition to this, I was recommended to work on a construction document to show my skills and knowledge in that area as well (separate from my portfolio).

Finally to finish up, this experience exceeded my expectations. It has really pushed me in my job search, as I approach graduation. I loved learning about all of the work blackline is doing in this industry. I am excited about the work that Blackline is doing and I hope to apply as graduation approaches for a potential job opportunity. Blackline has a simplistic, edgy, innovative approach that is intriguing and refreshing. Their work place dynamic is motivating to be in and a place that I would love to eventually work. Their team is full of talented and driven individuals that made me excited to get out into the workforce and begin my career as an interior designer.

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Blackline Studio | Day Two

Two days in and I love Blackline Studio. Everyone has been so welcoming and nice. I have been able to help with AutoCAD drawings for a residential project as well as work on space planning for a workplace project. I have also been on a few site visits. Today we visited FORTE, a multi-family apartment complex with retail on the bottom floor. While we were at the site, I was also able to attend a progress meeting. Additionally, I went on a site visit to the building I am working on space planning for. In this project, the company has grown and needs more private offices. Thus, I am working with codes and their existing plan to solve this problem. I have been asked to complete a couple of options that will provide the company with multiple plans as this project moves forward. I have really enjoyed being able to put what we have learned in school to work.

Spring Break Shadowing | Blackline Studio

As I prepare for this week at Blackline Studios located in Indianapolis, Indiana, I am excited to see all that I will experience and learn. Blackline Studio is an architecture and interior design studio that has completed an array of projects varying from workplace to hospitality, mixed- use and restaurant design projects.

I am excited to meet the team at Blackline. This week, I will be doing some computer work, space planning, library organizing, client meetings and site visits. In this time, I hope to learn more about Blackline Studio and hopefully be able to help out with some projects. Additionally, I am hoping to get some portfolio feedback. However, most of all, networking is very important to me this week.

I am graduating in a short few months and I need all of the advice I can get. This week will help me get a glimpse of what the “real world” is going to be like. I am excited to meet new people in this industry and put what we have learned in school to work!

Week Seven.

This week was extremely busy at Brandstetter. Once again, I learned a great deal about the importance of managing time to reach deadlines. Over the past week, I had to print and bind 30 books for a presentation, as well as make boards for the presentation. In addition, I had finish up two construction documents.

The construction documents took up the greatest amount of my time. As a result, I had to manage how late I stayed and how early I arrived at the office. I knew what I had to get done therefore on one of the days I arrived at the office at 6:30am. I have learned that being productive is part of managing my time but I have also learned that managing my time is also working longer if that is what is necessary to complete the task at hand.

Working on construction documents in AutoCAD has not just increased my skills in the program but it has also taught me tricks, shortcuts, and correct ways of producing the drawings. I have furthered my communication skills and used my resources by learning short cuts from the other people working in the office with years of experience. I have also familiarized myself with what items go into a construction document and how they are set up.

In addition to all that I have referenced, I have also learned how to dry mount and spiral notebooks. These skills will help me be able to adjust when being in different firms and know a little about what the machines are capable of producing.

I have learned so much from this internship and it really has been a great experience. I am hoping to possibly start back after product runway takes place! However, overall I have furthered my computer skills, my professional habits, product knowledge, network and overall knowledge of my field. I cannot wait to see what the future has in store.IMG_0376

Week Six.

This week at Brandstertter Carroll I wore many hats. The receptionist was out for the week so for two half days I answered the phones and transferred them to the other offices or to whom they wished to speak. Throughout the week, I gained confidence in answering the phones, talking to clients, and gained an appreciation for the importance of good customer service. This experience helped me with my communication skills in both speaking and listening. In addition, it allowed me the opportunity to practice speaking in a professional, helpful, and confident tone.

Further more, I continued working on the construction documents for the room replacement. I furthered my understanding of roof structures and especially drainage systems and learned how to calculate the gutter and drainage system size for a building. I learned that when ordering drainage systems it is less expensive to order all the same size. Therefore for this project we are rounding up and using all the same size drains.

I also gained more experience meeting with sales representatives. I met with someone from J + J Flooring and learned about their different types of carpets that are available. I learned what kinds of questions to ask and what to look for in a carpet for different types of settings. This also expanded my network, which is always a perk. I enjoyed getting to meet, talk, and learn about their products.IMG_0351 IMG_0352

Week Five.

This week at Brandstetter Carroll I continued expanding my skills in using AutoCad, gained a much better appreciation for project organization, the importance of communication and gained experience in using a plotter.

I observed the value of project organization from the firm’s perspective this week. I have been able to easily search through years of projects and locate them because they were readily organized on the server. Previous projects are a valuable resource and tool for current projects so it is necessary to be able to readily access the years of previous projects.

This week has helped me develop a greater familiarity with how to use the plotter machine. I have had the opportunity to plot several different plans and now have a much better understanding and appreciation for the value and role of a plotter. This experience has helped me become more confident in using the machine, which will be valuable in class this fall as well as in my future career.

Also this week, I continued to learn a great deal in the use of AutoCad. I have learned how to better manage my layers, line weight, and scale. Most of all I have learned from other staff different commands I was unfamiliar with. Learning these commands has helped me to be more efficient and precise in some cases.

Working at Brandstetter Carroll has given me the opportunity to learn from people who have been successfully practicing design & architecture for years allowing me the opportunity to learn some of their tricks along the way.

Finally, communication is another skill this week that I continued to learn more about. There are many aspects involved in communication. Effective communication helps in saving valuable time in understanding the project goals. Also, communication is important and valuable in learning to listen to those who have more experience and are willing to share their knowledge. This week, I experienced the value in not only being a good listener but also asking good questions in order to learn from others.

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Week Four.

This week at Brandstetter Carroll I switched gears and began to work more in AutoCAD, had the opportunity to attend another lunch and learn, and a workshop. All of these experiences are playing an important role in expanding my knowledge and improving my skills for my future career and schooling path.

I have spent most of my time thus far working in Photoshop, however, this week I began working in AutoCAD. This was an adjustment for me as I have not worked in it for a couple of months. Time management once again played a role in making this switch. In order to maximize the use of my time, I researched online the commands for AutoCAD to refresh my memory and speed the process of being about to utilize the program efficiently.

Throughout the week, I have further improved my speed and skills in using AutoCAD. This will help me in my schooling and in my career. I always feel like the more programs I know and am familiar with the better to diversify my knowledge and skillset.

Through the workshop and the lunch and learn I learned about two major product lines. The first was a wall covering company and the second was a masonry company.

Koroseal Interior Products is a wall covering with very interesting products that I could see myself utilizing for projects in school and in my career. Not only did I gain exposure to their products, I was able to increase my network of contacts by meeting and talking with one of the managers of the company, Walt. I am learning to research the companies ahead of time so that I am able to ask good questions, learn more about the company and its products, as well as show the representative that I am interested.

Overall, this week was a different view of the type of work I was doing. I am enjoying getting exposure to so many different companies, software, and projects that I know will all broaden my horizon for the future.

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