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Meet Our Team: Our summer student Muskan has a suitcase full of stories (and great design ideas for your home!)

July 05, 2018 2 min read

Meet Our Team: Our summer student Muskan has a suitcase full of stories (and great design ideas for your home!)

The Barrydowne team is thrilled to welcome Muskan Goel, one of two outstanding co-op students from the McEwen School of Architecture who is gaining some valuable in-store experience this summer. Come by, say hi and prepare to be dazzled by this amazing young women’s energy, enthusiasm and expertise.

Muskan Goel’s passport has received quite a workout this year. This international student arrived in Sudbury from Mumbai, India 10 months ago to enroll in the Master’s degree program at McEwen School of Architecture – and recently traveled across the globe to immerse in studying Scandinavian design.    

“Reading about Scandinavian design in school was interesting, but engaging with the buildings using all my senses was an outstanding experience,” Muskan says, explaining that Nordic architecture is based on being adaptive to location and climate while using simple form and naturally-built materials.  

“I witnessed the extent to which a design can be integrated into the green landscapes; building designs of Myyrmäki Church and the Aalto House in Helsinki, Finland starts from nature.

Timber is the primary material construction in the traditional woodwork found at Bryggen in Bergen, Norway. I also savoured the way design plays with light and shape to encapsulate an extraordinary experience at the Kamppi Chapel in Helsinki and The Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland.”

This summer, Muskan is looking forward to applying the design skills and concepts she has learned at Barrydowne Paint, including recommending colour palettes for customers’ home projects.

“The best part of working here is meeting new people and coming up with diverse design solutions for them,” she says. “Ultimately, providing customers with great service and the products that will give the best results is my main goal.”

On the role model she aspires to be like: “Hard work helped my father to achieve so much and it’s what inspires me to lead a simple and meaningful life like his. He recently gave me the opportunity to design the interior of a house he purchased. This made me more interested in design involving the use of everyday living space. It also made me realize that I am destined to become an architect.”

On the style that catches her design eye: “Studying about sacred design and places through my courses made me realize a keen interest in contemporary sacred designs. I really admire works by Juha Leiviska, Alvar Aalto, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Zaha Hadid. Each of their unique styles connects back to a specific place and time through design.”

On what inspires her apart from study: “I love to travel, paint and play the violin once in a while. I also enjoy socializing with people from multiple backgrounds.”

On the project that makes her most proud: “I was on a team representing McEwen School of Architecture in a design competition held in Bergen, Norway. In five days, we built a 10x12x15-foot installation; the design imitated a wave format and we had to utilize 2-by-2 lumber. In the end, I really felt a sense of pride seeing people explore our design by sitting on it, starting conversations about it and taking pictures of it.”


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