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Hello, my name is Kimberly McDonald. I am currently a Bachelors of Architecture student at Carnegie Mellon University. After three years in school and working in a prestigious firm, 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, sketching, painting, visiting museums, and reading.
The Architectural Team, Chelsea, MA, US, Intern
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
Art and Architecture Interdisciplinary Grant, 1st Place
$3,000 grant to produce project: Abriss that examines and explores the failed architecture of Pittsburgh through physical monuments.