For immediate release
8 October 2014
Kevin Wiens | Project Leader, Engineering Ministries International
CALGARY – Recent University of California, Berkeley architecture graduate Katharine Patterson (B.A. 2014) wanted to use her design skills and her time to help people. She returned last week from a project trip to Myanmar, where she was able to do just that.
Patterson traveled to rural Myanmar with a team of engineers and architects from across North America who volunteered their time with Engineering Ministries International to develop a master plan for an indigenous missions college. This project will help the missions students grow and serve better as they reach out to the unreached, orphans, and victims of trafficking in surrounding villages.
During their week on-site, the volunteers met with ministry leaders, staff and students to catch the vision for the site, which currently houses an orphanage and kitchen, along with foundations for the college. Patterson worked with the senior architect and spent the week creating digital models and renderings of future and existing buildings, and even teaching some English at the college. Patterson also appreciated being able to interact with the students and the orphans on-site: “They always walked around with a song on their lips and a smile and warm embrace nearby.”
By the end of the week, the team was able to present a schematic master plan back to the Missions College at a special meeting including the directors, staff, and current students and orphans.
For Patterson, the trip to Myanmar is part of a larger experience with Engineering Ministries International. Patterson is currently interning with eMi Canada in Calgary, Canada, where she will finish up design work for the campus as the team continues to work on more detailed elements of the design. Engineering Ministries International will provide the college with a final report and construction details in the coming months.