The SSAC is proud to offer credit-based internship opportunities in partnership with the University of Toronto and Carleton University. Students in the fields of architecture and architectural and art history participate in the Society’s activities for a semester. In this series, we feature recent interns to find out about their experience and what they learned.
My Name is Farah Aldaghestani and I am a third-year Master of Architecture student at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. I earned a Bachelor of Architecture Engineering degree from the University of Jordan in Amman.
How did you become involved with the SSAC?
The Architecture and Heritage Internships program, run by the Art History Department at the University of Toronto and coordinated by Dr. Jessica Mace as part of the Canada Constructed Initiative, introduced me to the SSAC. As a newcomer to Canada, it was an excellent opportunity for me to get involved in such an organization and learn about the country’s diverse histories.
What was the highlight of your internship?
The highlight of my internship was learning about and performing research on themes of diverse histories in Canada and social justice. I was able to create a series of blog posts on repressed Canadian communities and how they struggle for their rights. Having the opportunity to meet members of the community and connect with community groups was valuable to me and broadened my awareness of Canada’s diverse cultures and how to preserve their heritage.
What are you most excited about in the study of architecture in Canada?
I am enthusiastic about sustainability in the built environment, particularly in terms of diverse planning to achieve an inclusive design. During my studies in Canada, I have worked on a variety of projects that combined social justice and equitable planning. I hope that one day I will be able to contribute to this and help to bring about change.
What do you enjoy doing outside of school or work?
I believe that the spirit of a place may be captured by its inhabitants, which is why I enjoy wandering around the city and capturing moments in my spare time. Candid portraits aid in my understanding of how users engage with the built environment, allowing me to create designs that allow people to create lasting memories.
What is coming up for you next?
This year, I am beginning work on my thesis project, which I am excited to combine with what I have learned about heritage conservation and community participation in building design thus far. My objective is to put what I have learned over the previous two years to effective use by creating a space that benefits the community.