Name: Andrea Lin
Year participated in Solar Decathlon: 2021
University team: Northwestern University
Current organization / employer: Kipnis Architecture + Planning
Current role: Architectural Intern
How did participation in the Solar Decathlon affect the trajectory of your career?
My experience in Solar Decathlon brought me the confidence in changing my career path towards one that interests me. In my third year of university, I was exploring architecture classes and began learning about the design process and high-performance buildings. However, most of the work for these classes was done as individuals so the scope of work was focused mostly on the architectural function and aesthetic. Solar Decathlon exposed me to the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of sustainable design, which has helped me adapt my experiences to my interests.