Welcome to our Intern Class of 2020!

May 15, 2020   /   Studio News

We would like to take a moment to welcome our newest summer intern class! Due to our current work restrictions, for the first time in AR history, interns will be joining us remotely from around the country, at least for some portion of the summer. You can read about Chris Hong, Abby Jamiel, Anuhya Kondo, Abygail Mangar and Andrew Wright below. We’re looking forward to making sure everyone feels welcome and well-integrated into firm life, even if it is in our virtual office! We hope to welcome them in person when we can!

Chris Hong

Chris Hong is a Master’s student in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Minnesota, where she also received her BS in Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management. She is originally from Anchorage and Los Angeles but has lived in beautiful Minneapolis for 14 years.

She is a year-round bike commuter and a fierce advocate for walking and cycling infrastructure. In her free time, Chris enjoys eating dessert, going on long, aimless walks and doing house chores while listening to podcasts.

Abby Jamiel

Abby is a recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Masters in Urban Planning, concentrating in Urban Design and International Relations. Before her program, she had a career in Boston’s fine dining scene, fulfilled a Fulbright assignment in Polokwane, South Africa, and volunteered with WorldTeach in Ongwediva, Namibia. It was her time spent abroad that planted questions of “what goes where and why?” These reflections and ruminations slowly brought her to the field of Urban Planning. She went to Ithaca College for her undergrad, where she majored in Art History and rowed at the national level for the Varsity Women’s Crew Team (Go Bombers)!

Abby loves talking about eating, cooking, wine, eating again, music, fitness, art, race and ethnicity, painting, extensional questions around the meaning of life, and funny cat, (or dog) videos!

Anuhya Kondo

Anuhya is currently a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma pursuing a Master’s in Landscape Architecture. Her interests are focused on sustainable design methods and tackling food insecurity in vulnerable communities. Before moving to the United States, she completed her Bachelor’s in Architecture from Andhra University, India. As the project architect, she worked with a few landscape architects and found her passion in designing outdoor spaces and chose to pursue a career in Landscape Architecture.

Currently, Anuhya is a graduate assistant and her duties include guiding faculty and students along with maintaining the lab to ensure a safe and hazard-free environment in the workshop. Anuhya wants to use her design knowledge to bring a balance between built and natural environment and in developing community places to increase interaction between people and nature. Outside of school and work, she enjoys sketching, talking to her loved ones, cooking and exploring new places. Anuhya is a trained Yoga instructor and practices yoga during her free time.

Abygail Mangar

Abygail is a dual Master of City and Regional Planning and Master of Public Policy student at Rutgers University’s Bloustein School. She received her B.S. in Environmental Engineering in 2014 and subsequently worked in the U.S. Department of Transportation / Volpe Center in Cambridge, MA for 2 years. Abygail left to do a year of AmeriCorps service at City Year Seattle / King County, working with silly, hormonal, thoughtful middle schoolers. One year then became two when offered the opportunity to serve as a Senior AmeriCorps Member in City Year Philadelphia! She worked on the Civic Engagement Team to plan and execute beautification projects at the public schools in the city (kids, painting, and gardens? Yes, please!).

Abygail is an Army brat, so she has moved frequently, and NJ is the 10th place she has lived! In her down time (where it exists in grad school), she enjoys drawing, bullet journaling and watching Marvel movies!

Andrew Wright

Andrew is a graduate student at LSU, where he is pursuing his MLA and a graduate minor in Wetland Science and Management. His research interests include ecological infrastructure, hydrodynamic and geospatial modeling and coastal landscape evolution. In February, he successfully defended his thesis, which used hydrodynamic modeling to design a system of self-building wetlands for shoreline protection, habitat creation, and recreation in western Lake Pontchartrain. He is a 2019 LAF Olmsted Scholar.

In addition to his activities in landscape architecture, Andrew is a dedicated musician. He holds a BFA in Jazz Performance from The New School University, plays guitar and piano, and regularly sings with choirs in southeast Louisiana, including the LSU Chamber Choir. Prior to pursuing landscape architecture, Andrew worked as a marketing director at Nonesuch Records, a boutique record label based in New York City. There, he helped develop marketing strategies for more than 100 album and single releases by artists such as The Black Keys, Brad Mehldau, Emmylou Harris, Chris Thile and Fleet Foxes.

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