Business major interns for prestigious architectural firm

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Last summer, Tim Goranson wandered into an architecture firm and walked out with a job, or so goes the story his friends jokingly tell.

Goranson, a fourth-year business and economics major who plays for the Westmont men’s tennis team, said he had noticed the Warner Group Architects, Inc. (WGA) building a number of times over the years, and used his free summer day as an opportunity to indulge his curiosity about the creative opportunities of business.

Goranson learned that the architectural firm, established in 1966, has a lengthy history of excellence with commissions for private estates, high-end residences, country clubs, golf clubs and private resorts. WGA’s projects have been featured in Architectural Digest, Vogue, House Beautiful and a number of other esteemed design publications.

After Goranson completed his tour of WGA and expressed interest in the company, WGA asked for his contact information. The next day, he received an email from the CEO. The firm ended up offering him internship hours for the fall of 2013.

After returning from some time spent at home in his native Sweden, Goranson joined the WGA team as an intern. According to Goranson, his first semester of the practicum internship at the firm consisted of “a bit of everything,” and WGA was keen for his input vis-à-vis the internship position. Goranson’s work for the architects now focuses primarily on marketing.

Goranson said he considers the most intriguing aspect of the business to be the nature of the field. “You’re selling a product that you don’t really have yet,” Goranson explained. “These architects create it from nothing; it comes from a vision.”

His initial desire to delve into the creative facet of business has led Goranson to an aesthetic appreciation for the work done at WGA.

“Luxury residential architecture is an art,” he said. “The estates that make up their portfolio are pretty remarkable.”

Goranson also acknowledges that his “business mindset,” a product of his classes at Westmont, has remained ever-present throughout his experience at the architectural firm. “The majority of business incorporates human relations,” he noted. Goranson, like many other Westmont students involved in practicum internships, has found that working with a wide range of people from varying backgrounds is highly valuable, no matter the field of work or study.


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