Get to Know Our Junior Designers! :: Blackney Hayes Architects

Get to know our junior designers!

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October 3, 2023 -- Now that summer has officially come to an end, we would like to highlight our junior designers and the incredible work they contributed over the last few months. It has been a pleasure working with them, and we cannot wait to see what they do in the future!

Teagan Robinson
In 2020, Teagan graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor's of Art in Television Production and a minor in set design. She wanted to work in a field that linked creativity to meaningful, functional solutions for people's lives. Currently, Teagan is in her final year of school, attending Drexel University and is pursuing a Master's of Science in Interior Architecture & Design. 

Teagan is interning at BHA as our librarian, working on a mix of healthcare and hospitality projects. She emphasizes the welcoming environment at BHA and shares that she has learned a lot in a short period of time. "A key takeaway I have learned at BHA is - if you don't know, ask," explains Teagan. "Learning is a lifelong pursuit." Looking forward to her graduation this upcoming year, Teagan hopes to pass the NCIDQ and get LEED accredited. She would also like to become more active in the advocacy community to help protect the livelihood and wellbeing of designers in Pennsylvania. 

Aaron Stills-Todd
Summer Intern
Aaron is currently going into his third year of architecture school at Thomas Jefferson University. He started at BHA as an intern in 2018 during his sophomore year at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School through the school's work study program. Initially, Aaron had aspirations of pursuing a career in engineering, but after interning at BHA, he realized he wanted to be an architect. His dream is to design spaces that inspire collaboration and make a lasting impression on the people the spaces are designed for. 

At BHA, Aaron highlights the Cobbs Creek Golf Course as one of his favorites. He is excited to see the groundbreaking, as he has been involved since the beginning of his time with BHA. Aaron admires the project for its significance to the community, located in the West Philadalphia neighborhood he calls home. "BHA has made a true impact on my life," shares Aaron. "Not just by influencing and molding me into a designer, but by nuturing and guiding me into adulthood. I am blessed to be a part of the BHA family."

Aaron hopes to become a licensed architect and create a positive impact on people through design.

Gabi Castro
AI Researcher
Gabi recently graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's of Architecture and a minor in computer science (Class of 2023). She will be resuming her studies with a Master's in Architecture and Urbanism at the Politecnico di Milano in the fall. Gabi chose architecture because she is passionate about the wellbeing of people and feels that the medium of spacial design can make real, tangible change for communities.

Currently at BHA, she is researching the ways that artificial intelligence can be impelmented into the design practice. Her time at BHA has been truly enlightening because she had the opportunity to interview many different people and roles within the office, for the first time really understanding how all the players work together to create architecture. Gabi believes that the future of the industry will dramatically change with the advent of new technologies, and we must remain fluent and flexible in our approach to design. She says, "We have to try our best to hang on and ride the wave!"

Gabi hopes to become a professor and have an international practice, but for now, she is focusing on her move to Milan.