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Intern Spotlight: Declan Torrence

Declan joined the MKSD team as one our summer interns just over one month ago – time is flying!  In just a short amount of time he has stepped up to the plate to work on a wide variety of tasks from surveying existing buildings, modeling in Revit, to hanging up signs on the job site.  We are thrilled to have Declan as a summer intern and look forward to his growth over the next few months!

Where do you go to college and what has been your favorite class?

I am currently attending Thomas Jefferson University (formerly known as Philadelphia University) and I will be a fifth year senior this year. My favorite class every semester is my studio design class because the atmosphere of working in a studio with other architecture students is really inspiring.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

I love many different sports so I enjoy getting out to play basketball, football, or soccer with some friends when I get the chance.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

The best advice I’ve received is a quote that my dad has always told me since I was kid and that is “Your future is bought in the present.” It’s important to work hard now to set yourself up for a better future.

What does a typical day for you look like at MKSD?

The best part about this job is that there really isn’t a typical day for me or for anyone. Projects are always progressing so there’s always something different to do everyday whether it’s drawing up floor plans or creating renders or going out to a site to survey a building. Every day is a new day which is exciting.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I think what I enjoy most about my job is the environment of working in an open office with a bunch of great people that I know will be there to help me learn and grow as an architect every day. It’s really nice knowing that this firm is one big team that constantly looks out for each other. 

What was your first job and what did you learn from it that influences the way you work today?

My first job was at Home Depot as a loader/lot associate where I basically helped customers load heavier items into their cars and pushed carts around the parking lot. The best skill I learned from this job was how to properly communicate well with other people whether it’s a coworker or a customer.

What inspired you to pursue this career?

My friend convinced me to take a drafting & design class with him back in high school and I ended up really enjoying it. My drafting teacher, Mr. Didra, really inspired me to pursue this career. The best part of this class was that he actually got his students involved in a real project for the school. When I was in Drafting 1 freshman year the architecture class above me started designing an observatory for the astronomy club, and so throughout my high school career I got to experience this observatory come to life day by day. Being apart of this process really inspired to pursue this as a career in hopes that I’ll be able to witness my ideas come to life one day. 

Where is your favorite place to eat/visit/hang out in the Lehigh Valley?

My favorite place to hang out at is the PPL Center to watch Phantoms hockey games in the winter. It’s also really nice that there is a Chickie’s & Pete’s connected to the stadium so I can enjoy some crab fries while watching the game. 

What piece of advice do you have for anyone interested in your career path?

The best piece of advice I can offer that I experienced once I started college is to not be afraid to fail. If you mess something up don’t be so hard on yourself, and instead take it as an opportunity to learn from. You won’t be perfect when you first start, but you will have a lot of time to learn and grow once you start getting experience.

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