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An Intern's Journey

Each summer, CCY has the opportunity to host groups of exceptional interns studying architecture across the country who have a passion for our mission and want to experience the remarkable natural beauty of the Colorado landscape while learning from our intellectually-driven, fun-loving team.

Beyond the day-to-day tasks of working with CCY project leaders, we are eager to find out more about the personal and professional interests of our interns.

We are excited to celebrate and recognize the work of Joy Mullappally who, this summer, has been recognized and awarded the John McKee Travel Grant Award through LYCEUM: A Traveling Fellowship in Architecture. Through a unique structure of design competition, jury process, and prize winning travel grants, this prestigious award promotes collaboration, connectivity, and a design dialogue among schools, their students of architecture and the prominent architects who serve as program authors and jurors.

This year’s prompt, The Underland, offered Joy ample opportunities to delve into, given the primary goal of the intervention being a physical threshold that takes a person back 20,000 years into deep time from the present sub-urban condition.

“This travel grant is an exciting opportunity and a stepping stone into advancing my understanding of architectural phenomenology. Resonating with the theoretical disposition, this travel grant will be used to study, document, and contrast the works of two notable architects that manifest the ideas of phenomenology in substantially different manners – Peter Zumthor and Alvar Alto. The goal of this study is to deeply understand how the theoretical ideas of an embodied space concretize within these works and investigate means of methodologies that could explore/enhance the potential of multi-sensorial spaces. It is my hope that the culmination of these findings might be published as a monograph which adds to the theoretical research within the discipline.”

— Joy notes on this award and research

Congratulations from the entire CCY team!

Joy is a Master of Architecture candidate at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio (soon to graduate). He previously received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and was honored by the College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning, making the Dean’s List from 2015-2019. In 2020, Joy received a certificate in Healthier Materials and Sustainable Buildings from the Parsons School of Design in New York City.



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