Thanks to the Salvadori Center, WHSAD students in the summer CareerClue program have been able to explore the multi-faceted nature of the architectural field. Students have learned from professional architects, engineers, construction managers, and many others. This week’s trip to CookFox architectural firm provided another experience to develop our students’ understandings of how vast and diverse the industry is. On this trip, we saw how CookFox practices sustainable building in their projects as well as in their own office.
CookFox is an innovator in designing environmentally sound buildings and their office space exemplifies such a vision. Some students who attended considered one adjective to describe the office setting of CookFox and provided some thoughts as to why they thought of such a word.
This place feels calm. This place feels calm because there are a lot of plants and comfortable chairs. The plants makes you relax and let you know how beautiful nature really is. There are also plant-filled terraces that have beautiful views of Manhattan. The terrace makes you relax, and it really calms you down, especially when the breeze hits you and cools you down. This structure is calm because it’s silent and has a lot of comfortable places that would relax your body and make you fall asleep.
-Kevin Hernandez, WHSAD Sophomore, Class of 2022
I feel this work space is described as connected. This work space is very open, even the air is different. I feel connected to the earth, and I don’t have to be in the jungle to feel that. It’s a positive area where you feel engaged. So this work space is connected because it’s a step closer to a get away and a positive healthy way of living.
-Yamilet Rosario, WHSAD Sophomore, Class of 2022
When I observe the environment of the CookFox architecture company building, I think of the words “aesthetically pleasing.” The environment of this office is calm and quiet. The whole office is surrounded by nature, making the workers able to function properly in a very serene habitat. It is very pleasing to the senses, particularly, my sight and hearing. It gives off a library feel as it’s beautiful, warm, and comforting. The office is made up of sustainable green materials allowing for less energy to be used.
-Mahalia Sainteloi, WHSAD Sophomore, Class of 2022