I was privileged to have my summer internship at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) in San Francisco. SOM is one of the largest and most influential architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world. Founded in 1936, they have completed more than 10,000 projects across 50-plus countries. SOM is renowned for its iconic buildings and its steadfast commitment to design excellence, innovation, and sustainability. During this internship, I had the valuable experience of going to on-site visits to projects designed by SOM that were under construction. The firm also gave a series of lectures regarding their working strategy, technical skills, software, and sustainability issues.
Upon my return to my home country Jordan, I am planning to use all of the skills and experience that I gained at Rice specifically, and exposure in the United States in general, to develop the local architectural discipline.
Rasem Kamal is a Jordanian Fulbrighter pursuing a Master of Architecture at Rice University.