We were lucky to have Milo Farley join us for part of the summer, before he headed off to college. We asked him to write a little about his experiences here. This is what he sent us:
In July, Kuhn Riddle Architects hired me as an intern to help out around the office. I’d been looking for work all summer, so I was excited about having finally found gainful employment.
When I got to the office I was given the job of inventorying an abandoned cubicle. During its stretch of uninhabitation it had turned into a sort of limbo; people had filled it with items that weren’t being used but were too useful to throw away.
I figured that since this inventory was my first assignment I ought to do a really good job. Thus I went about meticulously inventorying literally every object in the cubicle:
2 paper clips (red)
89 sheets of cardboard (brown)
1 Cave Dancers CD
…and so on.
After I submitted my extraordinarily detailed inventory I went off to lunch. Upon returning I was approached by various people who complimented me on the inventory I had made. I took this in stride. However after about three people did this, I started to wonder if everyone in the office had seen it.
It turns out they had.
My inventory had been forwarded around the office with a mixture of admiration (for the good job I had done) and baffled amusement (who counts different colors of paper clip?).
Doing an efficient inventory was just one of the things I learned while at Kuhn Riddle. Collating drawing sets, updating the Kuhn Riddle blog, and organizing archived files all became common duties. And during my time I learned much more than I had expected to about architecture and office life in general. RFPs, CDs (not the disks!), submittal transmittals, and LEED ratings all became part of my lexicon.
When I think back on it, that first inventory experience informed my entire time at Kuhn Riddle. Everyone is serious about their work but maintains a great sense of humor simultaneously. I assume they’re excellent architects, but I know for sure they’re great people to work with.