Amira Samiy

"I'm interested in how good design can mediate the ways that socio-cultural, economic, and geographic factors affect experiences of the built environment."


Location
New York, New York

Education
Cornell University, Department of Design & Environmental Analysis, Bachelor of Science

Introduction
Amira grew up in Washington, D.C, attended a French high school, and graduated from Cornell University with a major in Design and Environmental Analysis. She’s interested in how good design can mediate the ways that socio-cultural, economic, and geographic factors affect experiences of the built environment. After studying abroad in Amsterdam, she wishes the rest of the world could get more people on bikes and enjoying green public spaces.


Briefly describe your current day to day.
Today I came into the office, put my earphones in, and brainstormed a presentation outline for a project I’m working on. When that was done, I met with one of the point people on my team and discussed some additions and changes. Back at my desk, I went back into focus mode to answer some emails, set a few meetings, and make the edits before running off to meeting numero dos: a conference call to order chili for a staff social I’m helping organize. (It’s complicated.) My afternoon will consist of some interview summarization, graph and pie chart creation, Excel data analysis, and most likely an impromptu meeting with my project manager. I’d say today’s pretty typical.

What advice would you give someone applying to the DSD Program?
Even if you like to challenge yourself, take on the case study that comes most naturally. Show them all that you know how to do well and don’t be afraid to tie in other interests!

Describe the New York office in 3 words or less?
Stop and GO!