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Hello, my name is Kimberly McDonald. I am currently a third-year Bachelors of Architecture student at Carnegie Mellon University. After completing five semesters in school, I have finally begun to grasp the notion of how dynamic, broad, and demanding the profession of architecture is. I believe that architecture has the ability to instill identity and emotions within an individual, as well as, society as a whole. Moreover, I think in order to be successful, architecture must be functional, contextual, and innovative.
As far back as I can remember, I have found the field of architecture intriguing. With both my parents PhD’s in biology hanging on the walls of our home, there was always a question as to where my interest for buildings and design began. Nevertheless, upon entering school, this interest quickly developed into passion. I have adopted architecture as a lifestyle and way of thinking, as opposed to a mere career path or job title. I believe this drive and dedication is a powerful asset in furthering my education and path within the field.
While I am extremely dedicated in my studio and schoolwork, I am also a member and mentor within the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and involved in my sorority Delta Gamma. I actively engage in learning opportunities outside of the classroom including traveling, visiting museums, and reading. Nevertheless I am incredibly eager to immerse myself in the field and simply learn and grow from any experience that a firm or individual has to offer.
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, US, BArch, Architecture
Concentrated course of architectural classes including:
o Studio - one per semester with varying emphases including:
phenomenology, environmental design, materiality
o Building Physics, Environmental Study, Statics, and Structures
o Woodshop, Metal Shop, Digital Fabrication Laboratory
o Digital Media
o Architectural History