Ever since I can remember, architecture has saturated my mind with analysis of existing structures, and concepts of what could be. From my bachelor’s degree and prior experience, I have knowledge, though my development in the field of architecture is far from its peak. Since I was a child, I have wondered why buildings are built the way they are. Over many years of home projects with my father, including adding 2,500 ft2 to our home, I started to understand the means and methods of construction. In conjunction with projects with my father, I began to experiment with computer aided design software (CAD) in my eighth grade digital technologies class, where I also began building models.
In high school, I continued to learn CAD programs, excelling greatly with Autodesk AutoCAD and Rhinoceros. Using these tools, I designed and constructed a fence for my Eagle Scout project at our sponsoring church. The final design included over 400 linear feet of fence anchored by 52 posts set in concrete and three separate gates. The output from these tools was included as part of my proposal for the project, ultimately aiding in securing approval and funding for the now four-year-old project that looks identical to the day it was constructed.
Prior to my senior year, I enrolled in a summer course at the Catholic University of America designed to give high school students an introduction to architecture. This three-week program was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Additionally, I enjoy employing information technology (IT), so I enrolled in a network administration class which taught me how to design, construct and manage an IT infrastructure, that also allowed me to obtain my Microsoft Certified Professional License, leading me to my role as Information Technology Director at Customer Solutions Online, Inc. Concluding my senior year, I knew that while architecture is my passion in life, the symbiotic synergy of architecture and data would ultimately blaze my career.
While at the Catholic University of America, I have continued my college career using digital tools along side of architecture, learning new applications such as the Adobe Design Standard Suite, Autodesk Revit, and 3ds Max. I have brought new insight to my on-going internship at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and my job in the Digital Media Lab at school. I have been honored to be on the Dean’s List for the previous four semesters, and in the spring of my junior year I was also privileged to have studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain. Our program specifically investigated urban conditions, historical and cultural development, and architectural styles in the following cities: Barcelona; Cordoba; Grenada; Madrid; Seville; Toledo; Berlin; Copenhagen and Paris. The investigation conducted in these cities has become an invaluable asset to my knowledge base of real world architecture, reinforcing my desire to receive my masters in architecture, become a licensed architect and practice abroad.
Recently, I attended a discussion about the new Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial that is being built in Washington, D.C. The event, held at the National Archives, showcased various officials related to the project, including the Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero and the architect, Frank O. Gehry. After the panel concluded, I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Gehry and discuss the project more in-depth. For his contributions to architecture, his unique design principles, and his down to earth nature, I highly respect Mr. Gehry and strive to make as my own goal, a profound contribution to the profession of architecture.
In my time moving forward, I firmly intend on becoming a licensed architect, though the timeframe in which this occurs is not yet known to me. At times, it’s difficult to plan one’s life. Sometimes, this difficulty arises from fear of failure, or simply from not knowing what to do next. One thing’s for sure, however: If life went according to plan, it would be boring and unsatisfying. It's the nuances and unexpected occurrences that make life worthwhile.
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Bethesda, MD, US, Student IRTA
Responsible for updating the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's space information, including floor plans and other space information. Also responsible for bringing this updated space information into an online facilities management system wherein pertinent space and facilities information will be available to all appropriate users.
The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, US, Bachelors, Bachelors of Science of Architecture
In my four years at the Catholic University of America, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain. I have also been honored on as a Dean's List Student four semesters in a row since Spring of 2010, hopefully acknowledged for my fifth and final semester as well.
Langley High School, McLean, VA, High School, Advanced Diploma
Alpha Rho Chi Medal, Award
In 1931, the Grand Council of Alpha Rho Chi established the Alpha Rho Chi Medal to "encourage professional leadership by rewarding student accomplishment."