We at Public Works Bureau of Architecture strive to make our city beautiful, livable, vibrant and sustainable. We are responsible for the design of a broad range of city facilities including libraries, police and fire stations, recreation and park projects, transportation projects, water treatment and pump stations, public health facilities, transitional housing for the homeless, and historic renovations.
Interns have the chance to experience a full spectrum of design: from schematic design through construction. Our office uses a variety of software and media to create drawings and models at every stage of the design process.
We support a culture of learning, growth and community. We are made up of over 60 designers divided into five studios. We frequently host presentations to expand our architectural knowledge and form committees to address the unique aspects of working for the City.
We encourage our interns to attend job site visits to observe the realities of executing design in the real world of construction. Additionally, we arrange tours of exemplary buildings to expand our exposure to good design practices.
We frequently hold in-house pin-ups to garner our colleagues’ input. We meet with clients to listen to their needs and to share ideas and solutions. Many of our projects require community input through community meetings, and our bigger projects are reviewed by the Civic Design Review Committee: a group of esteemed experts in the design and arts fields who help ensure we produce the highest quality of design. Our interns often participate in producing the materials needed for these presentations.