Shelby Thornton


Student Intern

Shelby Thornton joined NSPJ Architects in May 2022 as a Student Intern while pursuing a master’s in architecture and a minor in community planning at Kansas State University. She is very involved on campus as she is a part of the APDPro, Dean’s Student Advisory Council, Student Staff Council, Wefald Hall Council, and Residential Learning Assistant for APDesign CAT Community. Her colleagues would describe her as organized, communicative, and friendly.

She decided to become an architect because her Home Economics teacher in high school exposed her to the design profession. She fell in love with drawing floor plans and the creativity involved with designing spaces.

Shelby’s first task at NSPJ was to research EV charging stations for the Spring Field project. She found it to be very fascinating to learn more about the stations as she had limited knowledge of them when she first started her research.

The most valuable lesson that Shelby learned at NSPJ so far is to never be afraid to ask questions. Everyone is extremely willing to help and share their knowledge, making it absolutely comforting coming into her first internship experience. Shelby is very interested in affordable housing and would like to spend more time studying how architects are able to impact the affordable housing problem throughout the U.S.

In her spare time, Shelby enjoys sketching, painting, scrapbooking, reading, hiking/taking walks, sitting outside and on beaches. One of her favorite locations in Kansas City is driving down Ward Parkway to the Country Club Plaza.

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