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Spotlight: Intern, Oleg Korobkov – 2023 Farmington High School Graduate
July 11, 2023

At QA+M Architecture, we are always excited to welcome new interns to the firm. Interns bring fresh ideas and new perspectives to projects – leading to more innovative solutions. QA+M offers these rising professionals the freedom to be creative and a mentorship with one of our Principals to help create a successful overall experience for them.

Recently, we asked our intern Oleg Korobkov to shed some light on his experience at QA+M.

Tell me a little bit about your background….
I was born and raised in Ukraine in a city called Kyiv. I would spend most of my childhood there until the age of 12 when I would move to the US. At first, it was tough and challenging to adjust to a new environment that spoke the language I needed to improve with. However, over time I overcame my fears and challenges and made a lot of new friends in the unfamiliar environment, as well as improved my academic performance related to public speaking and communication skills.

How did you first become interested in architecture?
At a young age I was always intrigued by the construction-building process. I was always curious to find out what it was like to work at the construction site and manage the work of builders and constructors while trying to find the best way to get the job done. Playing Legos and city/construction building simulators as a kid further advanced my curiosity and encouraged me to learn more about architecture, construction, and design.

What building and architect inspire you?
Architect – Sir George Gilbert Scott because of his great contribution to English history and integration of Gothic architecture within London city-building in the Victorian Era.

Building – Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy – because of its intriguing and unique style as well as grandiose stature.

Where do you plan on going to college?
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. There, I am planning to study urban planning and technology and learn more about architecture and construction.

Where do you see yourself after college?
Working in an architecture firm and becoming more knowledgeable in design and construction, as well as gaining further work experience and improving my teamwork skills and communication.

Tell me about any new skills and knowledge you gained during your internship.
I greatly enhanced my communication skills; gained experience using specialized CAD software; learned to be a part of a collaborative team; began learning about the basics of building codes; further realized the true scope and importance of architecture.

What is your favorite part of being an architectural intern?
Having access to great architecture and construction professionals; learning about tricks and nuances of the architect’s job; being able to participate in firm-organized events; attending business meetings; feeling myself as part of the QA+M family.

 

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