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Kristina Ortiz, a fourth year student at the Syracuse University Bachelor of Architecture Program, joined our studio this summer as an intern focused on working in the model shop. She reflects on her experience:


Pickard Chilton’s experience in Japan brings a deep respect for designing buildings that recognize and pay homage to Japanese culture. Integral to our design approach for each project, we bring a sensitivity to the design process that considers opportunities to convey the rich culture through elegant design gestures, choice of materials, and placemaking.

Japan is world-renowned for its deep respect and reverence of nature. Historically and symbolically, this recognition of the natural environment has been reflected in Japanese culture through its art and architecture. Master planning and designing a built environment that captures the spirit of a community is fundamental and at the core of how we practice. Pickard Chilton is committed to creating unique and respectful built environments that will fully meet ambitions for the project while exceeding the expectations of those who live, visit, and work in the community.

Architectural models are a powerful communication tool, a timeless skill in architecture with the extraordinary ability to bring complex ideas to life. Every member of the Pickard Chilton design team learns the craft of model-making, guided by the expertise of the studio’s two professional model designers: Model Maker Andrew Ostrowitz and Woo Lee, Director of Fabrication.


Placemaking begins with the creation of a dynamic center that supports a diversity of uses, activities, and exchanges. It is envisioned as a place where people freely and openly congregate to enjoy a moment together. This communal gathering space is not qualified by a narrow nor simple definition and it is not limited to private or civic property, or even exterior as opposed to interior use. Perhaps, the most appropriate categorization for the quality of this space is “Public Realm”.  We will explore the origins and characteristics that create a successful public realm through the imagery of 2+U in Seattle, Washington. 

The Architecture Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor program seeks first to give all students an entry point into the art and science of the construction world. The chance to work directly with industry professionals gives students a unique opportunity to approach a real-world design problem and the tools to use it to explore potential careers in the AEC Industry. 


We are excited to welcome to the Pickard Chilton team Sofia Zavala, Yuhao Wu, Mary Le, Madison Seip and Dhyan Sharma. We invite you to read the following perspectives on their personal design interests, first impressions and experiences working in our New Haven studio.