Lesson in Collaboration

When Jacqueline Noelle Baptiste, a senior at The Hun School in Princeton, started her job shadowing experience at KSS, she wasn’t sure what to expect. But after a week of getting a sneak peek into all facets of the firm – from architecture and interior design, to communications and marketing – she has a new appreciation for the profession she plans to pursue at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in the fall.

“I wanted to tackle an internship or job shadowing experience so I could get to know what it’s really like, what it really entails,” she said. “I had no idea the amount that needs to happen behind-the-scenes. I had this image in my mind of how architects created buildings, but now I realize it’s so much more than just one person drawing on their own. It was really eye-opening to see how much everyone needs to work together.”

From seeing how teams could work in Revit together updating a single model in real time, to experiencing the challenge of getting everything from structure, building systems and materials to work together, Jacqueline leaves KSS ready to launch her architectural studies.

“You have to be very organized and there’s so much communication,” she added. “The sense of community at KSS was really refreshing, to see that you could have fun and love what you do.”