Where you are from?
I’m from Brodheadsville, PA, more commonly known as part of the Pocono Mountains.
Why you chose to pursue your education at Drexel?
My initial interest in Drexel sprung from the good news I was hearing back from students in my high school. Their older siblings went to Drexel and had very positive experiences as far as co-op and academic success. After looking into the architecture program and its integrated 2+4 option, I was sold.
How this Architecture program met your educational goals?
The Architecture program has met my educational goals by providing me with new perspectives and options. The first year curriculum provides a lot of creative opportunities to orient one self with architecture as a conceptual and artistic form, while second year adds the reality aspect of structure, codes, and order. The ability to start my career, not only while still in school, but in virtually any type of environment such as a firm, contracting or construction company, engineering practice, etc., is what drew me to believe Drexel lets you take your education, and therefore your future, in the direction you want it to go.
What it takes to achieve success with this program.
Drive, Patience, Persistence, and Social Skills. Not only do you have to be a driven student to be successful, but you have to be patient in working with others, persistent in what you want out of your education, and social so as to interact and make valuable connections with your professors and classmates that will ultimately help you in the future and for the rest of your life.
Your involvement in student organizations and life outside of the classroom.
Drexel AIAS. This organization has done more for me than any other activity I’ve been involved in. Although it’s associated to the field of architecture, it provides so many other benefits. Having gone to two regional and two national conferences I have been inspired by my peers to go forth and teach others what we’re all about. The friends and connections I’ve made not only at Drexel but across the country have taught me to be a leader, be innovative, and push for what you think is important. We’re doing big things as a completely student run organization that can change the fields of architectural education and practice as we know it.
Impressions about the full time and professional adjunct faculty.
The Drexel Architecture faculty are simply wonderful. Our professors are both our mentors and our peers. I have no problem asking them for advice on work, professional, or personal topics, and I know they’re willing to help wherever they can. The relationship between our students and faculty is strong as we meet and communicate often, and even when we’re apart or at different institutions we stay in contact.
Your plans upon graduation.
Upon graduation I would eventually like to make my way out west and work in the Las Vegas region. I’m interested in commercial hospitality and urban planning. I think approaching their “Strip” of a city would be interesting, as well as tackling sustainability issues such as the lack of water supply. Gensler also has a location out there, and I’d love to work for them one day.