Brian H.ESTm (Sept '13)
Hometown: Red Bluff, Calif.
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What is it about Architecture that drives you?
I think the most exciting thing about architecture is that it is extremely multifacetedóespecially as an academic pursuit. Architecture provides opportunities to explore both very broad territories and very specific niches in the same arena, all of which affect each other in some way.
Why did you choose to attend SCI-Arc?
I chose to attend SCI-Arc because I have a specific interest in the relationship between design and robotics. SCI-Arcís infrastructure in this regard is incredibly unique, and in my opinion, is unparalleled at any other design school. I was also very interested in collaborating with Jonathan Proto and Brandon Kruysman, who are doing really interesting work and making huge leaps in this area (both technically and conceptually). On a broader note, I love the way SCI-Arcís studios are set up. Itís exciting to walk down the hall and be able to see what every studio is working on, or to stop by and listen to reviews from 3 or 4 different studios on the way back to your desk.
What are the strengths of the SCI-Arc curriculum?
For me SCI-Arc is a very serious playground in which one can canvass a variety of ideas and techniques in a relatively short amount of time. SCI-Arc encourages students to discover what genuinely interests them, and provides a platform for the rigorous pursuit and development of those ideas. For post-graduate students who are interested in the ESTm program, and perhaps have certain ideas about what they want to pursue academically, SCI-Arc provides a custom-tailored curriculum which allows projects to overlap and be reinforced in other courses. For example in my first semester I had one central project, but I was able to develop different aspects of it in four different courses.
What are the defining or unique characteristics of SCI-Arc students?
SCI-Arc students have a really strong work ethic. Itís not unusual to see a good portion of students in studio working at 4am within the first couple weeks of the semester. They are all very excited to be here and it shows.
What is your favorite studio experience at SCI-Arc?
My favorite studio experience so far has been designing and building an end arm tool for the robots to inject resin into other materials.
Have you been involved in projects outside of the required coursework?
Before being accepted to the ESTm program, I had taught several workshops here at SCI-Arc involving Grasshopper3d, Arduino, and Firefly. During my first week here I helped several thesis students, which is something I think other schools could benefit from. Having thesis weekend overlap the first week of school is super valuable for new students to get involved and see what's in store for them down the road.
What are your plans upon graduation from SCI-Arc? How will your education at SCI-Arc help you achieve your goals in the future?
After graduating, Iíd like to pursue a fellowship in the Robot House if it is offered. Ultimately, I hope to attend the Media Lab at MIT, and further the research Iíve been pursuing here. SCI-Arc is helping me to position those interests within conceptual frameworks that will no doubt guide my future research.
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