A Co-op Experience: Sebastian Yan

February 04, 2019

Wilson Butler Architects recently welcomed Sebastian Yan to the team for a six month internship working in our model shop. Northeastern’s distinctive educational “Co-op” approach integrates rigorous classroom study with real world experiences to create a powerful way to learn. Coordinators work with students from their first year through their graduation year as a bridge between classroom studies and the students’ career goals. At Wilson Butler Architects, we work in a studio environment where all voices are heard, all ideas are tested and all hands are on deck. So, we thought it would be fun to share a little bit more about our newest team member.

Could you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I am a third-year student from Northeastern University pursuing a degree in Architecture. I grew up in China and Australia and moved here to Boston back in 2016 for school and I love this city.

What drew you to architecture?

What I love about architecture is the ability to see my vision becoming the reality. Ever since I was little I have been obsessed with origami, exploring different lines and shapes. Also, I love traveling and architecture has always been the major part of the experience.

What do you hope to get out of this Co-op experience at WBA?

It’s actually my first time working in a real firm. It’s fascinating for me to see the “real world” outside of the studio environment, working alongside real architects, making sure everything is done precisely, as well as learning and further strengthening my architectural skills.

How has your experience at Wilson Butler been so far?

It’s been almost a month since I started working here at WBA and I can honestly say it’s the BEST experience ever. I am proud of the projects that I am working on, learning skills, listening and sharing thoughts at the same time. The office dynamic is amazing where everyone is friendly and willing to help. I just finished building a massive 1:100 scale model for Royal Caribbean, it was such a fascinating experience since I knew nothing about cruise ships before and now I get work on another one.

Where do you hope to go from here?

I will be going back to school in September, and I can’t wait to adapt the skills that I will have learned at WBA to my future designs and be more cautious and precious with my models and drawings.


WBA is happy to have Sebastian as part of the team and we can’t wait to see what the future holds!