Research

Field Survey Day. Conditions Assessment for Hey Barn in Natirar Fars, Somerset County, NJ

Field Survey Day. Conditions Assessment for Hey Barn in Natirar Fars, Somerset County, NJ

For the summer of 2022 I have been fortunate enough to work as a summer intern at M+Sa, Princeton. The office is on the second floor in a historic building, located in the Princeton University’s Forrestal Campus. The office is an open space plan which helps me to eavesdrop in some interesting conversations happening across the space. The office consists of 18 people, a medium-sized firm, with 3 partners, 3 senior-associates and 2 junior associates.

Collected porcelain jars, wine pots and cups. Credit to Zhu Li.

Collected porcelain jars, wine pots and cups. Credit to Zhu Li.

This summer I began working in Collecting Department of Nanjing Museum as an intern remotely. Nanjing Museum is one of the three largest museums in China and was the first comprehensive museum invested and built by the central government in 1930s. Since Nanjing was the old capital in many dynasties in ancient China, innumerable valuable historic relics were discovered in this area which represent brilliant civilization of different periods. Most of them are stored and displayed in Nanjing Museum now.

Mapping of the rowhouse buildings in Philadelphia

Mapping of the rowhouse buildings in Philadelphia

This summer, I worked for the Walker Zanger Stone Collection, Vermont Marble Collection, and Rowhouse Symposium at the Center for Architectural Conservation and the Architectural Archives. For the Vermont Marble Collection, I followed the previous working instructions, kept the marble specimens in the lower drawers inventoried, and published them in the JSTOR online database. The Walker Zanger Collection is a relatively new stone collection that is considered the continuation and amendment of the Vermont Marble Collection.

Screenshot of the three-dimensional model of the Midway Barn, created based on Point Cloud data.

Screenshot of the three-dimensional model of the Midway Barn, created based on Point Cloud data.

At Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, I worked as a Research Fellow of the Center for Architectural Conservation (CAC) this summer.  We have John Hinchman, Colin Cohan, Yi-Ju Chen and Qianhui Ni on our team working together on this project.

Creating an elemental image map in SEM-EDS of a cross-section in from a gilded Chinoiserie-style cornice fragment from the Lenyg

Creating an elemental image map in SEM-EDS of a cross-section in from a gilded Chinoiserie-style cornice fragment from the Lenygon Collection.

This summer, I worked as a Research Fellow at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Material Analytics Lab in Williamsburg, Virginia. Seeking to find a pathway into the materials analysis field, I was offered the opportunity to work alongside CW's Conservator and Materials Analyst Kirsten Moffitt. The CW Conservation facilities provided the perfect environment to become better acquainted with modern diagnostic tools and the best practices used in architectural paint research. 

Haoyi's supervisor, Meg Frisbie, is using the arrow to record the location of the tree stump as part of the data collection proc

Haoyi's supervisor, Meg Frisbie, is using the arrow to record the location of the tree stump as part of the data collection process

This summer, I worked as a research assistant at the Urban Heritage Project at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design. I worked on the C&O Canal project at Georgetown, Washington DC. The project aimed to develop a Cultural Landscape Report for the National Park Service.

The rendering produced for the High-rise building in Taichung.

The rendering produced for the High-rise building in Taichung.

I was hired by Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo NA, Inc. (WATG) as an Architectural Summer Intern in their Internship program. WATG is a global multi-disciplinary design firm specializing in Strategy, Master Planning, Architecture, Landscape and Wimberly Interiors. It’s a team of 500 creative, world-traveling professionals designing landmark, urban, and leisure destinations with eight offices across three continents. The Irvine office locates in Spectrum Center, Irvine, California, which owns a modern office environment.

Bird’s-Eye View Rendering of the Archaeological Conservation Shed Project for the Remains of the East Courtyard of Ci'Ning Palac

Bird’s-Eye View Rendering of the Archaeological Conservation Shed Project for the Remains of the East Courtyard of Ci'Ning Palace.

For two months, I worked at the newly established Design and Research Center of Architecture and Cultural Heritage at the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD) alongside conservationists, archeologists, preservation architects, and designers at the Palace Museum. The project I worked on is named the Archaeological Conservation Shed Project for the Remains of the East Courtyard of Ci'Ning Palace (The Palace of Compassion and Tranquility, where Ming and Qing Imperial Concubine and Queen Mother used to live) Garden at the Palace Museum.

screenshots of InDesign workspace to show the size of the plan

screenshots of InDesign workspace to show the size of the plan

This summer, I was a design intern for the PennPraxis project of producing a conservation management plan for the Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana. When I joined the project, much of the writing and photography had already been completed, and I was brought on to format and design the entire 350+ page plan. My primary job was designing and doing layout for the plan on Adobe InDesign, combining my knowledge on many different software including Adobe Illustrator, autoCAD, Adobe Bridge, and the Microsoft suite.

Bedford School Tax Credit floorplan and photo key

Bedford School Tax Credit floorplan and photo key

This summer, I interned at the Commonwealth Preservation Group in Norfolk, Virginia. I had previously interned here a few years before, around 2018 or so for an unpaid position, and was invited to come back for a paid, full-time internship over summer of 2022, conveniently lining up with the required UPenn credit. I was brought on as a general administrative assistant of sorts, helping out with physical office maintenance such as inventory and scanning bills and checks, but I also joined the team for more preservation-related projects.

Senior conservator Marco Frederico patching a crack in a stucco panel at Delaware County Christian School in Newtown Square, PA.

Senior conservator Marco Frederico patching a crack in a stucco panel at Delaware County Christian School in Newtown Square, PA.

I worked on site carrying out conservation treatments and in the office preparing plans for conservation treatments in the form of photo-documentation and written proposals to clients. I worked on some ten jobsites featuring a variety of sculptural and architectural works.

Interior view showing existing conditions

Interior view showing existing conditions

This summer, I worked at Stokes Architecture & Design—an architecture and interior design firm known for its playful yet sensitive approach in rehabilitating vacant and underutilized buildings around Philadelphia into lively and engaging spaces for gathering. As a design intern, I was primarily responsible for developing new work and demolition drawings as well as verifying dimensions and conditions in the field for the rehabilitation of a former Weisbrod & Hess brewery building.

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