It’s summer intern time, and we have four outstanding interns on deck. Meet Evan-Claire Schaum. Evan will be graduating this year from the University of Maryland, majoring in Landscape Architecture. Want to learn about Evan, her fear of heights or why she picked RGS? Then I invite you to read below and get a little familiar with Evan. Welcome aboard!
Name: Evan-Claire Schaum
School: University of Maryland
Discipline/Major: Landscape Architecture
Q: What made you decide to want to major in your field?
A: I visited the High Line in New York City a few years ago and thought, “Wow. I want to do stuff like this.” I was fascinated by the juxtaposition of the dense greenery to the surrounding cityscape.
Q: What is your favorite aspect of your field of study?
A: I find it so inspiring that I can have a true impact on the world around me—the thought of seeing my design come to life when it began as a few strokes of Sharpie on paper is so cool to me. Being able to design spaces where people can gather, live, and play while being exposed to the natural environment is invaluable.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I play guitar and sing. One of my best friends also plays guitar and sings and we’ve been playing together for years now. I also love baking (I have a HUGE sweet tooth!) and doing DIY projects. I work part-time at a doggie daycare in Annapolis on the weekends because…well…dogs…
Q: Do you have any phobias?
A: I’m VERY afraid of heights. When my friends were skydiving while we were studying abroad in Australia last semester, I enjoyed having two feet on the ground, being there with open arms when they came down!
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: 10 Things I Hate About You. I’m a sucker for cheesy 90’s movies.
Q: What is your favorite food –the meal you could eat every single day?
A: Garlic bread and pasta, ugh!
Q: What is something you can’t live without?
A: My dogs. I’m a huge animal lover and my two dogs who my family rescued a few years ago have become my favorite part of going home to Maryland each weekend.
Q: On a level of 1-10, how good are you at excel?
A: About a 7…ask Len.
Q: What excites you about RGS?
A: It is so evident that at RGS, there is a focus on personal growth as well as team work. The breadth of projects is really amazing as well—one hour we could be working on the front open space of a community building and the next we are working on lot configuration for a new farmland development. This ‘jumping around’ always keeps you on your toes and allows you to approach each project with a fresh outlook.
Q: Why did you pick RGS?
A: My uncle who works at LGH heard that I was looking around for an internship in Lancaster this summer, and he immediately pointed me to RGS. Right away, I looked at RGS’ website and came across the video in which several employees talk about why they love RGS and why the environment is so great to work in. I completely fell in love with what RGS Associates stood for and the people who worked together to design beautiful spaces all over Pennsylvania. I decided to reach out and ask if I could join this team of bright, funny, and driven professionals. I am so lucky to have been given a chance to work alongside these designers.