“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
— Annie Dillard

To Bobby and Brett,

I would like to apply for the position of being “The Space Tech” or commonly known by most as Facilities Space Planner for NHLBI. I know I would fit the position well transferring out from my previous intern roles. With my extensive background at NIH acting in both researcher and design intern positions, I am very familiar with the programs, the campus, the expectations and the overall mission. Currently pursuing LFA and LEED sustainability certificates, I hope these can allow me to contribute more to health and environmentally conscious design decisions at NIH. What strikes me most about this position at NIH is the combination of everything I know and do best: Architecture, Documentation and Healthcare. Overall, I want to build a career that solves problems at a humanistic angle.

I’ve spent so much time this past year trying to figure out what the future holds. Over the past few months, I’ve slowly consolidated much of my activities to create time for a full time position while maintaining normal Snowdrop duties. As I’ve interviewed around, I just cannot see myself fitting in at a traditional architecture firm being a cog in another’s vision and working for the namesakes above the front door. I’ve seen so many of my friends follow this direction but, I cannot do it. It’s not me. It goes against everything that I’ve worked for thus far. Gathering all my thoughts, I think what scares me the most about trying to commit to somewhere is the fear being tied down and not enjoying the day-to-day.

Simply put, with Space and Design, I feel the complete opposite. The work that I do matters and has a clear impact that I can see and touch. While there is semblance of routine, it’s so different from the norms of a traditional firm. Its an inspiring to see small things that I accomplished permeate through an entire ecosystem. All in all, I had the most incredible two years at NIH working as an Intern on your team. I believe in SDB’s mission and everything it stands for. Each day, I enjoyed the commute, the SDB team dynamic, the CAD sessions, the project variety/flexibility, the Building 10 teriyaki rice bowl and the atmosphere of campus. It was home and I loved every second of it. I hope this letter finds you both well. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you both!

Best Regards,

Ricky Fairhurst