In the creative field, you’re only as good as the team you bring together. That is why we always seek to find passionate, talented individuals.

Over the last 2 years we’ve grown our team by 3 and each individual brings a unique set of talents, experiences, personalities and energy to Studio123. These talents broaden our range of skills, services and styles and allow us to do better work for our clients.

Most recently, we’ve added Sahana Dharmaraj, a third year architecture student at the Laurentian School of Architecture. We were immediately impressed with her versatile skill set, her passion and drive. From architecture and graphic design, to building interactive experiences and creative writing—we’re very excited to have her join our team.

There is an obvious relationship between architecture and design. They both deal with form and function and explore how they work together to create experiences. However, the connection between graphic design and architecture is not always embraced. We’ve always been interested in forming stronger relationships with other design fields, so it was a welcome breath of fresh air when Sahana inquired with us.

What sparked your interest in architecture?

I became interested in architecture because it coalesces a lot of my interests into one subject. Architecture can be so many things, from a skyscraper to a bus shelter; learning how humans interact with space on different scales is, for me, the most exciting part.

You’re originally from Toronto, so what made you choose to study in Sudbury?

I visited the Laurentian School of Architecture prior to choosing to attend, and that is when I met our director, Terrance Galvin, for the first time. His passion for the new school combined with the amazing faculty on board, plus the vision that is held for LAL is really what convinced me to leave home and move to Sudbury.

What has been your favourite part of the program so far?

The most challenging yet rewarding experience has been being a part of the charter class of students at LAL. We’ve had so much input in our education, very close relationships with our professors, and we feel as if we’re helping shape the school from the ground up. Not very many people get such a unique university experience, and despite its obstacles, I love every minute of it.

What do you hope to learn through this internship?

I hope to strengthen my ability to communicate graphically, because it is essential in an architect’s career. I also hope to learn more about the design and communications industry, as well as continue learning about client-firm relationships.

We were a little surprised when an architecture student came walking through our doors looking for an internship, because you know… we’re not an architecture firm. So what made you choose Studio123?

For my co-op placement this term, I was looking heavily into graphic design firms because I wanted to strengthen my skills in graphic communication. I chose Studio123 for the amazing work they have done with the local community, for their collaborative approach, and also for their super vibrant and exciting personalities.

Where do you hope to be in 10 years?

It seems hard to imagine where I will be in 10 years because I am often changing my mind, but as of now I see myself as a practicing architect working on community based projects.

Favourite hobbies?

During the school year I have little time for hobbies, but when I am free I enjoy reading, pen + ink illustrations, learning to play my uke, and hunting for new places to eat.

Last movie you saw? Did it suck or was it awesome?

The animated movie “The Little Prince”, based off Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince. It was amazing!

You’re stranded on an island and only have 3 albums with you. What albums would they be?

Crazy for You – Best Coast
Brothers – The Black Keys
The Lumineers – The Lumineers

Learn more about Sahana on her website sahanadharmaraj.com

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