Ashley Girth

Bachelor of Architecture
Class Year: 
Islip, NY and Raleigh, NY

What launched your interest in architecture?

Although I have a picture of myself as a small child sitting outside, in a snow suit, drawing my childhood house, I was never the person that knew I wanted to be an architect since I was little. I would never change or trade the decision to pursue an architectural education though!

In high school I had interests in multiple different areas that included math, history, and sociology, and I enjoyed being creative in many different ways. I am a very visual individual who learns by doing and putting things together with my hands. Architecture has allowed me to combine all of my interests into one field that is dynamic, expanding, and offers a variety of opportunities.  

What special projects have you done?

Each studio project that I have worked on in studio has helped me to develop not only a diverse and unique portfolio of design skills and methodologies but has also contributed to my individual design style, thought process, and how I collaborate as a member of a design team.  The most interesting project that I have completed so far would have to be the playhouse for imaginative play at Chantilli Montessori Elementary School with Freedom By Design. This project pushed me to be a leader in the community as the Director of Freedom By Design, as well as work effectively with peers and professors through both the design and build process of the project. Together the officer team and I experienced what it took to balance and filter design input while working with professors, the client, and other students, as well as how to be flexible and still maintain the true design intent of the project. 

What are your plans when you graduate? What kind of career do you hope to have?

I plan to continue working in Charlotte – though I am open to new opportunities wherever they may take me. I hope to stay involved in the College and also to expand what I have learned throughout my education by exploring possibilities and ideas by entering design competitions and doing independent design projects.

What is your favorite thing about the College of Arts + Architecture?

My favorite aspect of the College of Arts + Architecture is the relationships that I have developed with so many of my peers and professors. Professors become more like mentors, and you feel comfortable enough to talk to them about more than just school. The College fosters a community and a comradery between not only students and their professors but also between students at different levels of their education. I have greatly enjoyed getting involved in the school as a peer mentor, and as a leader in student organizations. The relationships that I have developed with other students and professors have positively influenced my education and thoughts about the future.

Do you participate in any community cultural activities or work in the Charlotte community?

I served as an officer in the school's Freedom By Design Organization for three out of five years, where we worked with the community and a local elementary school to design and build two unique projects for the school playground. Now I work at an architecture firm in Charlotte.

When you are not in class, studying or working in the studio, what do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy photography, playing soccer, reading, and creating in the labs.