What launched your interest in architecture?
For me, architecture is a balance, a medium that can connect culture, science, humanity, and art. I always see my interest in integration between these disciplines and that's why I chose this path.
What special projects have you done?
During the first semester, my Studio project was designing a Collaborative Center for Brain Research in Charlotte, which was a primer to neuroscience and architecture integration to me. I was introduced to a new research culture in architecture within this Studio. Also a parametric design project using tessellation of tiles based on the Cairo pattern and a modernized hint of Middle Eastern texture. The latter will hopefully be installed on Storrs in the coming months.
What are your plans when you graduate? What kind of career do you hope to have?
My goal is to perfect my experience in two perspectives. First to improve myself as a designer and architect who can deliver great results in any setting, and second to create the state of the art technologies that can revolutionize a designer's results.
What is your favorite thing about the College of Arts + Architecture?
The diversity among faculty members, both on their approach to architecture in academy and practice.
Do you participate in any community cultural activities or work in the Charlotte community?
Yes, and I love it. As an international student, participating and being involved with different cultural and social activities helps me greatly to learn about that culture, and meanwhile understand the real meaning of globalization even on a small scale. Observing and integrating with different communities broadened my knowledge both in my career and personal life experience.
When you are not in class, studying, or working in the studio, what do you like to do for fun?
For a quick break, I try to skip to uptown and see the exhibitions in art galleries or participate in social events. And if I have more free time, I plan a short trip to camp and enjoy the magnificent nature of North Carolina. Painting, working on small home projects, cooking, listening to music and stay connected with family and friends are also what I do in parallel to study and working in the studio.