Family: My parents: Lee & Carlo; and my two sisters: Maegen & Hannah. Also my dog, Riley.
School/Major: Bachelors of Architecture (‘22) at Carnegie Mellon University
Why did you choose to study architecture? I chose to study architecture because while still in high school I really enjoyed the creation of sets that told a story in my high school theatre club. I felt that I could do similar work in architecture where I would be able to create pieces that positively impacted peoples lives.
What do you feel you bring to the field of architecture? Youth. I feel architecture like many other professions takes time to really master which lends it to be seen as a profession of older generations. However, still being a student, there are many new technologies and new ways of doing architecture that I feel will be beneficial to the profession.
What’s the most annoying thing architects/architecture professors do? Forget about the people. A long time ago a good friend of mine told me “no matter what, don’t forget there’s people at the end of this” and I try to hold on to that in whatever I do. I feel that often enough there becomes so much pressure on a project sometimes the corners that start getting cut are the moments that impact a person the most. There’s a bad reputation out there for architects that they just know what people need/want, and while they may have some expertise in that area, there is no way they just know what is best for everyone.
Favorite tool (can be digital, drafting, physical,…): Although not the cleanest tool in the bunch, I have to give my thanks to my hot glue gun. Many may say it’s too messy for clean model making, but when you’re in a crunch and all else fails, the hot glue gun is always there to put it together. If a hot glue gun can’t make it stay together, it can’t stay together.
Favorite city: New York City (they wouldn’t let me back if I didn’t say that)
Architect you’d like to have a drink or coffee with: Maya Lin – I don’t even know if I would need to say anything, I’d just like to hear her thoughts.
What’s the next big architectural trend: Adaptive re – use, renovating & bettering what we have.
Best gift to give an architecture student: A gift card to a coffee shop…or a gift card to an art store.
The secret to my success: Becoming a Google Master. Or having super smart peers I can also ask for help. A lot of answers are already out there, sometimes it’s a better use of time figuring out how to apply the answers.
Advice to other architecture students: Don’t forget architecture is a public service. Aesthetics and curb appeal are also obviously important, but don’t let it overtake or lose the meaning the work is for.
Architectural quote to practice by: “I really believe in the idea of the future.” – Zaha Hadid