When I opened this blog a few weeks ago, I planned on writing my first post before leaving the US. So, in true architecture student fashion, I figured what better time to post than sitting at LAX waiting for my departure to Tokyo.
Some things you should know about me that may be pertinent to this blog:
1. I grew up in Hudson, Wisconsin not far from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.
2. I graduated in 2010 from Montana State University with a BA of Environmental Design.
3. I spent the last two years as a graphic intern at Mithun in Seattle, WA.
4. I love to travel.
The fourth item is particularly important because it is the basis for my decision to turn down offers at M-Arch programs in the US, in favor of pursuing graduate study in at the University of Tokyo’s G30 Lab in Japan. I’ll get into the particulars in later posts, but for now I welcome you to this blog, and request that you feel free to leave comments and questions about the program and Japan. If it weren’t for the student blogs and generous responses to my questions by bloggers Deli Zhao (University of Tokyo 2012) and Max Kim (Tokyo Institute of Technology 2011), I likely wouldn’t be sitting here at LAX today. I only hope I can be as helpful.
The G30 is an English language, architecture and urbanism course offered through the University of Tokyo for foreign students. Led by former AA Design Research Lab Co-Director, Associate Professor Yusuke Obuchi, the program seeks to collaboratively advance architectural and urban design research through the symbiosis of digital technologies and material development.