What launched your interest in architecture?
My interest in architecture sparked when I was nine years old when my parents decided to relocate to a neighboring city. In the process of moving we began looking at various houses around that area. Something about these houses resonated within me, and I found myself not just observing but drawing what I had seen, taking notice of specific details to incorporate in houses I started to design. My parents then bought me a beginner-level CAD program that I mastered within a few months. I then migrated to a professional-level CAD program, which later gave me the opportunity to work at my first architecture firm with no formal education in architecture at the time.
What are your plans when you graduate? What kind of career do you hope to have?
Upon graduation I hope get licensed as an architect and use the skills I have cultivated within my business and architecture education as well as professional experience to eventually own a design firm. Ever since I was young, I have been taught to dream big, so it has been a personal vision of mine to own my own business designing everything from products to buildings that will impact the world in positive way. I have always been intrigued by the concept of entrepreneurship and constantly find myself daydreaming about what it would be like to own a successful business and be in a position to help people in need.
What is your favorite thing about the College of Arts + Architecture?
The one thing I enjoy the most about the College of Arts + Architecture is the family atmosphere. Having an enjoyable working environment that is fostered by healthy relationships with my peers makes a difference in how I perceive my overall experience in the program. In my specific studio, laughing is quite a common occurrence and is a great way for everybody to loosen up and be creative with their projects.
Do you participate in any community cultural activities or work in the Charlotte community?
Ever since I started grad school, I have been heavily involved in my local church. Volunteering there has given me the opportunity to refine my leadership skills, become a better listener, and serve a greater purpose in the surrounding community. I love to hear people’s personal stories that come to our church, and its gratifying to know I can be an encouragement to them regarding any situation they may be going through.
When you are not in class, studying, or working in the studio, what do you like to do for fun?
I love going out with friends to explore the city of Charlotte in my free time. Particularly the food truck events the city has to offer which are great for meeting new people and cultivating existing relationships. People who know me are well aware that I love to eat (especially sushi) so I constantly look for opportunities to try new places!
What special projects have you done?
One of the more recent projects we completed was a children’s pavilion installation at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. What was unique about this project is that the wall segments were constructed by an industrial-sized robot arm located in our building’s fabrication lab. This gave our class the opportunity to learn and operate the robot, which is an experience that is unique to UNC Charlotte’s School of Architecture. Constructing the wall on-site involved teamwork and progressive thinking in order to overcome challenges, but the finished wall turned out better than expected. Overall, this project was a great way for our class to have fun together and fulfill a common goal.