Grace Haselmann, an AIT Intern in CSHQA’s Sacramento office is continually learning and growing as she assists the team. In school she acquired experience in Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Rhino, Adobe, and other rendering software. She loves working with and connecting with other people and takes pride in her attention to detail and creative problem-solving skills. Grace has always had great appreciation for art and considers buildings to be very artful. She loves the way being in a beautiful space can make you feel and dislikes that being in a not so beautiful space can negatively affect your health and mood. Interior design has always been something she enjoys and she was excited to find out that Sac State had an interior design program. Grace quickly realized she enjoyed the architecture side of the program more. Luckily, they began offering an interior architecture degree around that same time.
Grace gets excited about adaptive reuse projects. “I love when old buildings with character are restored and repurposed for modern uses and love the challenge of figuring out how to make that happen. It is important to me that architecture exists well within its site. I think the history and characteristics of a place can really contribute to its architecture.” One of her favorite school projects was the design conversion of an existing Sacramento building into an office building while keeping in mind AIA’s Framework for design excellence. Another was a simple multi-functioning garden pavilion inspired by a mountain tree. The pavilion is highly sustainable, incorporating overhang seating and removable planter boxes.
Grace grew up in the Twin Cities, moving to California after 21 years of enduring the cold. Though she will always love Minnesota, she has little to no complaints about living in California. She has spent the last couple of years hiking, swimming, exploring the landscape, and enjoying the weather! She also enjoys reading and sketching when she has time.
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BFA, Interior Architecture, Sacramento State University, 2020