A3C has had the privilege of hosting a University of Michigan student through the Spring Break Connections Externship Program from March 4-8. This is a program where University of Michigan architecture students are given an opportunity to “spend their spring break making connections between the academic and professional worlds.”

A3C has participated in this program for over 20 years. We have found this program to be a value to our staff, while providing an opportunity to connect with current students and hear their input and ideas on our current work/projects.

Beiyi Ma joined our team on Monday morning in our downtown Ann Arbor office. We asked her a few questions to get to know her better and gain perspective on her views of architecture and the US.

Where are you from?    Yancheng, Jiangsu, China

What year are you in your studies at U of M?     First year of a 2 year March program

Why you are interested in architecture?     Great design space can change people’s mind and invoke a desire for better life

What has been the most valuable thing you have learned this week?     How to work effectively in multi-disciplinary projects and the energy of discussion

What is your favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor?     Asian Town…

What have you found most surprising about the US since you have been here?     People are always energetic. And some are surprised with Chinese girl who using an umbrella for sun proof. This surprised me, sunlight in the summer is really strong and we are afraid of getting darker.