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Friday Intern Feature: Brie

3-15-2019 | Blog

Brie-Jones
Studio:
Seattle

University: 
Cal Poly Pomona

Where’s your favorite place in the world. Why?
Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, for sure. It’s such a drastic landscape. It creates this awe-inspiring moment that makes you want to reflect on your life there because it’s so dramatic. It’s also kind of scary. The cliffs are, I don’t know how tall, but there’s no fence along the edge. People have actually died because they got a little too brave.

If you could be any animal, which would you be and why?
I’d be a dolphin. They’re so happy in any environment it seems like. They thrive pretty much anywhere. They’re like the puppies of the sea. Who wouldn’t want to be a dolphin? Also, I have like a weird fascination with the ocean. I feel like in another life I was a dolphin or a fish or something.

What’s the last book you read?
The Woman in Cabin 10. It was this thriller mystery about a woman that goes on a cruise. It’s a long story but it’s a murder mystery.

Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?
A marine biologist. I feel like if I had another career I’d want to go into, it’d be marine biology. I feel like it’d be cool to see what a day in the life of a marine biologist is like.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
In Athens, Greece, their street gyros. I was literally averaging like 4 gyros a day. Honestly that stands out to me more than any meal I’ve had. They were so good.

What are some of your pet peeves?
People chewing with their mouth open. This is probably very specific to architects, but I hate when people borrow my micron pens and press down too hard and they ruin them and dry them out too quick. Improper use of microns is one of my pet peeves. Other than that I’m not super bothered easily.

What drew you to Miller Hull?
I’m out of the network of UW and Seattle, but in school we learned about the Bullitt Center and I was really inspired by that project in terms of sustainability and attention to detail. I would say the sustainability team is what drew me to Miller Hull. When I researched the firm more all the projects had a very human touch, humanistic quality about them that maybe other firms don’t do as well.

What does a day look like for you?
I’m working on the embassy team, pretty much full time on one of them. Recently I’ve been working a lot in Lumion and Revit, doing massing studies, producing final renderings, coordinating the landscape architect. Every day is different. I’m doing daylighting studies. I’m also on the Eco-Ops team working on Tally which is the carbon analysis for Revit. I also just finished climate analysis. It’s varies. Most of the time I’m working on the embassy, and it’s always a crazy deadline. The whole project schedule has been super accelerated. It’s been very fast paced, but I like it.

Is this internship what you were expecting? Why or why not?
I had no idea what to expect of this internship because I didn’t know anyone that had worked here. But its way exceeded my expectations in a great way. Ever since starting here I’ve learned so many tools, and I feel like it’s enabled me to be a stronger designer. The more tools you know the easier it is to not rely on others to do things for you and be a self-starter and investigate things on your own. I wasn’t expecting to be given so much responsibility on the eco-ops team. I wasn’t expecting to develop a climate analysis template for the firm basically. I wasn’t expecting to run carbon analysis on active projects we have. It’s definitely exceeded my expectations in a really good way.

What has been your favorite part of the internship so far?
I would say, design panel. It’s cool to see everyone in a different, more casual environment. It’s more relaxed and people are able to talk freely. Also, the retreat we had was really fun. It seems like that’s really unique to Miller Hull, at least in my experience. I don’t know of other firms that have the entire office go on the retreat. It seems like typically it’s corporate leadership that goes on the retreat, but the fact that there’s a retreat for everyone is pretty amazing.

What has been the most challenging?
Backing the Highlander out of the parking garage