Meet our summer interns
Riley Estrada is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture at the University of Kansas, and he recently completed his undergraduate work in interior design at the University of Central Missouri.
Casey White hails from the Iowa State University and will be entering his fifth year in the fall, earning his Bachelor of Architecture. Casey grew up in Missouri and is living in Waldo for the summer while working at Helix.
Read on to get to know the guys a little better.
What made you want a career in architecture/interior design?
RILEY: I’ve always felt that design plays a pivotal role in shaping our experiences, and I wanted to be a part of that. What better way than to design the spaces we inhabit?
What’s your favorite Helix project?
RILEY: My favorite is the KU Medical Center Health Education Building. I like it because it creates a sense of monumental hierarchy that establishes itself as an institutional centerpiece, yet is subtle enough in its form and materiality that it fits seamlessly within its surrounding context.
What projects are you working on this summer at Helix?
RILEY: I’m working all sorts of projects from conceptual planning, to model making, to helping with construction documents.
Describe your dream project.
RILEY: My favorite type of projects are ones that are rooted in the surrounding community and allow for an opportunity to enhance the quality and experience of that community. Projects where the design is driven by a unique program or constraints are always interesting and allow me the opportunity to devise unique and creative solutions.
What is the best perk of office life?
RILEY: Being within walking distance of so many things downtown as well as happy hour Fridays.
And finally, tell us something unexpected about yourself.
RILEY: I really love tacos and have a list where I’ve rated all of the taco places I’ve tried in KC.