Saam Architecture offers a co-op/intern opportunity year-round to students majoring in architecture. Students are able to connect academic learning with practice in a supportive studio environment, where our flexible program works with a variety of university and college schedules. We appreciate the novel perspectives, fresh ideas, specialized strengths and skill sets that interns offer to our team.
President and CEO Diana Nicklaus is an active member of the Massachusetts Building Congress Board and a co-chair for the MBC’s Women’s Network. The committee works to forward the main objectives of the Women’s Network: to connect women to women for business development, to mentor and promote women in the A/E/C industry, and to recruit and retain women members for the MBC. She also serves on the Design Review Committee and Master Plan Committee in Northborough, Massachusetts, where she and her fellow board members use their knowledge to review designs, flag potential issues, and make recommendations for improvements so buildings serve the best interest of the town and its residents. Additionally, Diana and the firm have been a presenter and sponsor of the Northborough Junior Woman’s Club’s annual “Women In STEM” event since 2012.
Principal Linda Smiley’s interest in preservation of historic architecture and community service has been enhanced by her 12 years of service on the Newburyport Historical Commission. She has served most recently as the Historical Commission’s representative on the Community Preservation Committee.
Principal Diana Ostberg is an active member of the Metrowest community. She is currently the “Community Champion” for Cradles to Crayons in Natick. C2C serves kids in need ages 0–12 across the state by providing clothing and other essentials. Diana organizes community clothing drives for the group as well as regularly volunteering at their “Giving Factory”, sorting through donations and preparing them to be distributed. Diana also served for three years as the President of Natick Cooperative Playgroup. The playgroup, which has been around since the 1970s, is a low-key way for local families to meet and build friendships in the community. Diana helped coordinate the group’s community service projects, including group donations for Thanksgiving meals, Christmas gifts, and Easter basket supplies for needy families.
Senior Associate Leah Fannon is a member of the parish council at her church and has been serving on a committee working to make the church more accessible by adding an elevator and two new accessible bathrooms. She also contributes time at her daughter’s public school by serving on the school site council.
Associate Katie Kernizan was a volunteer with Architecture for Humanity in Haiti, contributing to the emergency response and disaster relief efforts following the devastation of the 2010 earthquake. In 2012–2013, she returned to Haiti as an employee of a UK-based NGO to work on long term development of four public schools in Port-au-Prince.
Designer Zhen Wu is involved with a grassroots organization in Lynn called Brickyard Collaborative, a makerspace and creative co-op that provides tools and machinery to members for product creation and prototyping. She has served as a design consultant for a tenant build-out and helped them secure a Collaborative Workspace Program grant under Mass Development. Zhen is also a contributing alumna at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), where she became a childhood member when she immigrated to the U.S. She is an active speaker at fundraising events and was a part of the grand opening showcase for BCNC’s Pao’s Arts Center.