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Art, graphics, design, and construction have all been interests of mine since youth. My father, a commercial artist, was first to expose me to the methods and mediums of creation. He opened my mind to processes that gave me a way to share my imagination with others. Since then, I continued on a path that has embraced and focused my design style and ambition. One day I hope I am in a position that my creations can change the world for the better. I aim to create Architecture that inspires creativity, thought, and emotion for all who interact with it.
Personally, I am most inspired by the ability of Architects’ to share imagined ideas through comprehensive means, enabling communal development and the physical construction of those ideas by others. Design is one of the most thrilling aspects of Architecture; to take something imagined and bring it into this physical plane for others to experience is an action of gods. It is the primary reason I began my Architectural education. Even though iterative development can be heartbreaking as aspects of projects, given hours of love and dedication, are stripped away in one sentence. But, it is always rewarding because the project gains in potential and quality as destruction always breeds creation.
The scientific side of Architecture also interests me greatly. The Architect pays attention to materials and their properties to achieve results with exceptional levels of efficiency as well as historical connections to site and culture. Accomplished Architects bring together all aspects of people, place, time, program, and purpose into their designs. It is because of this coalescence of significant variables that Architecture is so intertwined with my soul. I regularly make connections between thoughts, physical elements, and design ideas. It is a process that continues day and night in my mind, without end. Architecture is a field that embodies this skill and uses knowledge from vast seas of specialties to develop a hierarchy of influences in which iterative design and intention are based upon. This directly connects to the culture, history, site, program, region, typology, experience, and emotions in order to bring the best final product possible into fruition.
The processes of Architecture have always been of high interest to me since youth and before I ever knew what ‘Architecture’ actually was. For these reasons I decided to pursue the career field as Architecture truly interests me on all levels of scale and complexity. Throughout my Architectural education, my interest is exemplified through the design of habitats for extreme environments. Always being fascinated with outer space, I pursued additional education in order to expand my Architectural knowledge toward a field that grasped my interest since before I could speak. Through my education, I have gained a vast variety of knowledge and skills which provide me with a wealth of capabilities and a foundation of wisdom to design thoughtful and thorough spaces for habitation, work, and leisure.
During and after my education in Arizona, I was granted a position at a local Architectural firm that exponentially increased my understanding and love for the field. In the years I worked there I was guided through the professional side and processes that were merely glanced upon in school. I learned much about chronological processes of designing for a client’s needs and budget, working with land owners and their sites, certifying construction documents through city governments, and overseeing the finalized concept’s construction. It was an irreplaceable experience that exponentially increased my arsenal of architectural abilities. As my part-time position increased to full-time, this internship enabled me to obtain 2250 certified NCARB IDP hours. I was given and succeeded in multiple opportunities through this firm to take lead on design projects and oversee their completion. It was beyond difficult to leave the firm and friendships I built over the years, but all who I interacted with supported my pursuit of a Master’s degree.
Late in 2015 I moved to Houston, TX to pursue my Masters of Science in Space Architecture at the UofH. The title of this degree, in my opinion, doesn’t come close to fully describing the education I received as the term “Space Architecture” was determined by the donor. Initially, my issue exists with the common confusion with the Architectural definition of ‘space’ and the cosmic site of outer-space. Secondly, outer-space is not the only site for habitation studied through this Master’s program. More accurately, the degree’s title should be ‘Extreme Environment Architectural Engineering’ as we studied all sites not naturally habitable by humans. The concept of ‘Extreme Environments’ not only relates to microgravity habitation of structures such as the International Space Station, but also those of varied gravities such as the Moon, Mars, and beyond. Additionally, this also includes regions of Earth such as the arctic, extreme deserts, the ocean, and even areas of natural disaster and war. The idea of an advanced degree in this excited me as I have been infatuated with uninhabitable sites equally as long as I’ve been interested in Architecture.
Through this degree, I learned all about the design requirements for ‘analogs’ established by NASA, ESA, and other scientific entities that exist here on the planet. Scientific sites within uninhabitable environment which focus around the understanding and development of methodologies and programs required to sustain life beyond its natural habitats. These studies provided an all-encompassing view of the physical and psychological needs that we, humans, require to survive, thrive, and expand. Included in this educational experience was the understanding of current industry, economy, redundancy, and levels of efficiency needed to establish such habitats.
With this irreplaceable compilation of Architectural, Scientific, and Engineering based knowledge, I feel beyond competent to design any habitat on any site for any program. This holds true through all aspects of development; from original concept, construction of, element transport, deployment, habitation, and expansion. But, with this skillset I find myself facing a fork in the road ahead as I begin my search for a career. One path allows me to find work through a government entity such as NASA, the US Navy, or similar in designing habitats for extreme environments. The other path is to finalized my NCARB IDP hours, take the tests, and become a Registered Architect. Either way, I find both paths to be mutually beneficial to each other and am beyond excited for whatever is next.
In closing, I can only thank those who have helped me through this journey: friends, family, coworkers, professors, fellow students, and even the complete strangers that I’ve shared my path with. All I’ve meet have been interested, supportive, and full of solid advice that has helped me along my path. I’m sure the future will be full of opportunities to utilize my knowledge and create that which will inspire and provide safe, exciting, and environmentally responsive habitation for years to come.
Education is an activity that never pauses and is the key to a successful and enjoyable life. The saying, “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life”, resonated with me from a young age and it was proven repeatedly through interactions with others. Every moment of my education is related to my interest in architecture. This is especially true as I am currently enrolled and thriving in the University of Arizona’s Bachelors of Architecture program.
The study of Architecture(UofA) and Space Architecture(UofH) changed my perspective on life, humanity, and the universe. It provided me with the knowledge and skills required for a smooth transition into the professional field. I live in a world of iterative design development. I understand and thoroughly investigate the practices of site and program analysis. I work to adapt design to material, ecological, and economical limitations. I have been provided with the necessary education to grant me the ability to view a project at all scales and levels of detail. This holistic view is invaluable in the field of Architecture and I owe it all to my education and experiences.
Architects are often deemed ‘Jacks of all trades’. This label makes sense as the career requires knowledge of a little information about a lot of different specialties. Prior to acceptance to the UofA I spent 6 years at Pima Community College. I was unsure of what I wanted to do in life and therefore I tried everything Pima offered. During this time I completed my Gen Ed's and collected knowledge in all the sciences, arts, and humanities. I graduated with 85 transferable credits, an AGEC (Arizona General Education Certificate), and an Associates Degree. Everything I learned at Pima resonated with me and has been entirely useful on more occasions than I personally ever expected.
For most of my life I have designed and built. This has given me a solid understanding of many materials and different connection techniques. I have constructed an entire home from the ground up with my Architecture studio class. I have built 3 cars from stripped shells, furniture, multiple tree-houses, varieties of uncountable models, and various art. My young life was spent in piles of Legos, creating the impossible. These projects have sculpted my mind in ways that undoubtedly empower my architecture and the processes required to transform an idea into tangible fruition: the Architect’s task.