Summer Intern Series: Anne Freeman

For the past 18 years, David M. Schwarz Architects has maintained a travel fellowship program which offers undergraduate and graduate architecture students an opportunity to travel and intern in our office. Anne Freeman is a 2018 marketing intern from St. John's College and will be receiving her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from St. John's in 2020. Keep reading to learn more about Anne Freeman.


Favorite place to eat in DC: Founding Farmers for their chicken and waffles

Favorite place to hang out in DC: Navy Yard

What is the most surprising thing about DC? I’m pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to walk almost everywhere I need to go. I’ve never lived in a place where you don’t need a car to get around.

What is your favorite building, in DC or elsewhere? the Flatiron Building in NYC

What is on your Spotify playlist? The Avett Brothers, The Beatles, HAIM

Favorite book: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Do you have any special or fun skills and/or talents? Is there a special skill you would like to have? I’m a certified yoga teacher and I’ve been teaching for three years. I am also pretty good at origami and I would love to be able to play the banjo really well.

What are you currently working on?

I am helping the marketing team with the DMSAS newsletter and I am also creating new content for the website.

What is something you have done during your time at DMSAS that you had never done or tried before?

I’ve never created online content before! It’s been a great learning experience to write and edit pieces for online publication.

What do you hope to gain from your time at DMSAS?

I’m very interested in observing the firm’s design process and seeing how architects use precedent buildings to create new structures within an existing context. It has been so rewarding to see the thoughtfulness and intelligence that go into crafting a well-designed building. Personally I would also like to develop a design vocabulary and to be able to thoughtfully write about and articulate my experience of architecture.

What is your favorite DMSAS project? Is there is another project (past or present) that you wish you could have worked on?

The Woodley residential building in DC. It’s a stunning building that has both old and new design elements. It’s an innovative design, but it looks like it’s been there for decades.

What about DMSAS has surprised you the most?

There are many wonderful things about this firm and one of them is the monographs—there are three that they’ve published so far. It’s standard for studios to have portfolios of their work, but DMSAS has also made these books with essays about their projects as well as photos and plans from each building. The monographs are easy to read and lend a lot of insight into their work.

Why are you interested in architecture? I love to consider things in context or to look at systems in the world and architecture is a field where a lot of circumspect thinking about systems and design comes together in a physical and beautiful structure. I love the design process and seeing how it manifests as a building which we can look at, feel, and walk through.

If you weren’t interested in architecture, what would you be doing?

Another interest of mine is medicine, so I might be looking at med school.

What techniques do you most enjoy using to document architecture—photos, sketches, watercolors, 3D models, etc.?

I’ve been trying my hand at drawing, hoping to develop my ability to sketch buildings and structures. I would also love to try building a model!