Experiencing New York City as an Architecture Trainee


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Hi! My name is Guy Erlich and I’m a young Israeli architect. I did my studies in Bezalel Academy of Art and Design based in Jerusalem. After my studies and one year of experience as an architect in Israel, I decided to go and train and experience the city that inspired me, where I decided I wanted to become an architect: New York City.

Guy enjoyed strolling through neighborhoods like Little Italy after work.
Guy enjoyed strolling through neighborhoods like Little Italy after work.
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I remember when first arrived, I was shocked at how fast things moved and wondered if I would ever be able to adapt to the local lifestyle and feel like a part of this fantastic urban environment. Trust me, you do want to be a part of it! Once I was here, suddenly I realized that the possibilities are enormous! There is something to do, anytime and everywhere - which is beyond imagination - and the best way to know about events taking place is through people.

Guy discovered the real essence of NYC: it’s people!
Guy discovered the real essence of NYC: it’s people!
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My advice is not to be shy or scared because of the cultural differences. I discovered that the American people are curious and interested in hearing other people’s stories.

I am extremely thankful to have this professional opportunity as well, since I love being exposed to a vast variety of materials and techniques. The design approach and the project management styles here are so different from Israel; it has been an eye-opening experience. I have been learning concept development, fluent working procedures, and new softwares.

Guy visits the Maine coast
Guy visits the Maine coast.
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Skiing is one of his favorite winter activities!
Skiing is one of his favorite winter activities!
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I truly enjoy the American way of life, and especially the New York lifestyle and work culture. My life here has changed from the one I had in Tel Aviv. I try to stroll around the city after work and on weekends. I am extremely active since there’s always something to see and do.

This experience is one of the best things I’ve done. I discovered new things about myself, both professionally and socially. This program is important to me because I believe it will affect my future and give me an advantage for the rest of my life.

Guy E. Guy E.

Guy is an architecture trainee at Think! Architecture and Design in Brooklyn, NY through Trainee USA.

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