Meet the 2021 Williams + Paddon Summer Interns!

Each summer, Williams + Paddon welcomes a group of talented interns from various backgrounds to the team. Like many aspects of our 2021 workflow, this year’s internship format was a hybrid of remote and in-person collaboration. By pairing with Project Managers and their real-world clients, the interns get a sense of what it’s like to work at Williams + Paddon by tackling design and planning challenges as they arise.

 

Piyatida ‘Piya’ Wetcho 

California Polytechnic State University,
San Luis Obispo

Architecture (year 5)

How would you describe yourself?
I would describe myself as a supportive team member—I also have a very competitive spirit. I strive to help everyone with the skills I’ve developed so far, and I’m constantly seeking new challenges to broaden and deepen my knowledge so I can better support others around me.

Where do you find your inspiration?
Japanese architectural books and magazines.

What aspect of design do you enjoy most?
I’m interested in technology and software. I enjoy making 3D models, producing architectural drawings, and 3D visualization—especially photorealistic renderings and animations. I also want to learn more about BIM, the nuts and bolts of what makes a great BIM manager, and how they help support the overall design process.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go, what would you do?
Japan is at the top of my travel list. I love the architecture, culture, and especially the emergent rock music scene. I can’t wait to explore the country and catch some of my favorite acts live in concert someday soon.

What is something you’re looking forward to in your future?
I want to be able to travel abroad every year and learn new languages. I’m currently studying for the N3 level of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).

 

Morgan Angove

California Polytechnic State University,
San Luis Obispo

Architecture (year 3)

How would you describe yourself?
I would describe myself as a growing leader, empowered female, and outdoor enthusiast. I’m adventurous and not afraid to fail or try new things, but I’m also kind-hearted and compassionate. I love deep belly laughs, pasta, dogs, camping, and road trips!

Where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration from the environment (natural and man-made) around me, in addition to designers like Kengo Kuma and Zaha Hadid.

What aspect of design do you enjoy most?
In addition to architecture, I am interested in psychology, so my favorite part of design is exploring the space when those two subjects collide. I love that, through design, you can improve another person’s life by making the spaces they inhabit more efficient, happier, and healthier. I also love the creativity and problem-solving that are needed to accomplish that result.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go, what would you do?
I would go to Iceland, hike as much as possible, and dance beneath the northern lights.

What is something you’re looking forward to in your future?
I’m looking forward to all of the places I will eventually visit and experience. But, even more, I’m excited to continue learning and see how I grow within my career in architecture/design and within my personal life.

 

Jordan Franco-Lee

University of California, Davis

Design and Psychology (year 2)

What aspect of design do you enjoy most?
I find my inspiration from the things around me. I love going into new spaces and seeing the colors and materials used.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go, what would you do?
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would definitely visit Spain. I have always dreamed of exploring the various regions, cultures, and cities across the country. I have always been drawn to the unique and vibrant architecture of Spain.

Where do you find your inspiration?
I think seeing what other people create is so inspiring.

What is something you’re looking forward to in your future?
In the future, I am looking forward to having a career in interior design. I would love to move to Southern California and work in Los Angeles or the San Diego area.

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