Originally from the Soviet Union, I immigrated with my brother and parents to the United States. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I was surrounded by families from all over the world. I attended the University of California, Davis where I graduated with a double-major in International Relations, Peoples & Nationalities and Spanish. During college, I studied abroad in Granada, Spain for 2 semesters. I lived in a 600 year-old building with views of the Alhambra. It was during this year (including a lot of travel to Europe, Turkey & Israel) that I became interested in City/Urban planning and design. After graduation I briefly interned in the planning department at a full-service engineering firm but eventually ended up working for a boutique real estate developer in San Francisco. During the 3 years I spent working for this firm, I contemplated various paths, until one day through the help of a supervisor (architect turned developer), I had an "epiphany" of sorts that led me to apply for a summer intensive in architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. After the 8-week studio-based course designed for people with various backgrounds interested in architecture, I was hooked. The experience was literally life-changing. That fall I applied for graduate architecture programs, hoping to come to New York. In the end I chose Parsons - when I came for an accepted students orientation, I saw a presentation by the lighting design department. I was completely overwhelmed/excited about this discipline. At the time, Parsons had one (the first) Dual Degree student. I applied to be become a dual degree student and that summer (2010) I began my journey. Currently, I am in my 3rd-year (6th semester) of the Dual Degree (M.Arch and MFA Lighting Design).
Lighting Workshop, Brooklyn, Intern
Assisted lighting staff with client deliverables.
Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY, US, MArch, Dual Degree M.Arch/MFA Lighting Design
Graduating with 2 masters in May 2014.
University of California, Davis, Davis, CA, US, Bachelors, International Relations/ Spanish
Double major in International Relations (People's & Nationalities) and Spanish.