Sep '06 - Nov '06
Luckily I live on-campus, so I don't have to worry too much about commuting to studio. Although I do miss living close to downtown, like when I was in Boston. I did my undergraduate at MIT in Cambridge, but I lived across the river in Boston. It was so nice to have stuff to do and places to eat after midnight. Chicago is pretty amazing too, but living about a 20 minute "L" ride from downtown, it's just not the same. The IIT campus has changed so much in the past few years, but I'm still hesitant about walking around the neighborhood after midnight, especially since there's not much to do around campus besides watching the White Sox play. It is pretty convenient having an "L" stop right on campus though, so it's not that bad getting to downtown.
I live in Bailey Hall, which is on the North side of campus, right across the street from Keating Hall, the athletics facility. The rooms are not too bad. Not the best, but not the worst I've been in. I'm in a studio, and I have more than enough room for all my projects and paperwork. Living on the north side of the building, I have a pretty clear view of downtown. The entire north wall is a window, which doesn't affect me too much during the summer, but can get kind of annoying during the winter. Having lived through last winter here, I managed to survive, but it is something that one has to get used to. I've been told that the winter of 05/06 was a mild winter, so I don't really have anything to compare with besides Boston, which got pretty cold some winters. What made Boston worse was having to walk across the bridge from Boston to Cambridge when the river froze and the wind was blowing people off the sidewalk. I was raised in East Tennessee which is a really good location to experience every season, which were all fairly mild. However, for the past few years, I've been going from one extreme in Boston to Gulfport, Mississippi, and back to Chicago.
If you check out my profile, you can check out my online portfolio and other projects, but here are a few samples of some of my work from MIT and when I worked in Mississippi at Guild Hardy Architects.