Xuemei Yuan: CMH Summer Intern

Birmingham, Ala. (August 1, 2013) – Bejing native and CMH summer intern Xuemei Yuan recently completed the Butler Plaza water fountain design, featuring stone-carved stallions. She admits to initially feeling timid about the project, but she explains that CMH President Everett Hatcher “taught me how to analyze the user’s problems from the perspective of an architect and how to draw elevations and site plans properly. I gradually became relaxed, and [could identify the design challenges] and know how to deal with them,” she says. “I can’t imagine how difficult it would be for an American to step into her shoes—speak a foreign language, navigate new software, and learn an architectural firm’s design approach,” says Hatcher, “She’s a hard worker and she’s made great progress.”

Xuemei is currently pursuing her Masters in Industrial Design from Auburn University, and says that the “architecture aesthetics and architecture knowledge” she has gained at CMH will definitely inform and improve her master thesis. She embraces not only the innovation and creativity in American design, but also the freedom in American culture, relishing her newfound free reign over the internet, including her very own Facebook page. It’s this newfound aspect of freedom she finds the most exciting. She recalls reviewing the fountain design, “Mr. Hatcher told me that this is America; you need free your thoughts and do something really cool. I really benefit a lot from his words. And I am trying to do that.”

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