Inside SCI-Arc

Bryan K.

M.Arch (Sept 2016)
Hometown: Shasta Lake, California

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What is it about architecture that drives you?
My first love is sculpture. My innate interest in the massive scale of sculpture is what led me to pursue Architecture. This passion, meshed with a lifelong pastime of crafting things, drives me to study a field in which the lines between art and science are blurred.

Why did you choose to attend SCI-Arc?
I decided to attend SCI-Arc following referrals from grads I met and worked with who spoke of the school with great admiration. SCI-Arc stands out among other schools through its emphasis on form and its hands-on approach to architecture.

What are the strengths of SCI-Arc’s curriculum?
The greatest strength is the confidence that the rigor of the coursework will allow me to compete at the highest level outside of school. The energy of the school is second to none and from my experience, SCI-Arc professors are open to exploring your interests in studio. As students, we also get immersed in a culture and architectural discourse that embeds a 24-hour-day learning system into our lifestyle.

What are the defining or unique characteristics of SCI-Arc students?
The intensity is incredible, the instructors are as committed as they come and the students I work with on a daily basis—and that means every single day—are incredible people. Each class has such a wide diversity of backgrounds, but we are all unified in our exploration of architecture. Like-minded in our broad subject, we each approach it in radically different ways, while still being receptive to different points of view.

What is your favorite studio experience?
While I enjoy spending my time in studio drawing, I immensely value the opportunity to meet people, both within and outside of studio. SCI-Arc’s open studio culture facilitates random encounters between students walking by other studios and analyzing their peer’s work.

Have you been involved in projects outside of the required coursework? Describe your experience.
Prior to starting the M.Arch program here, I attended SCI-Arc’s summer foundation program in architecture, Making+Meaning. While I had taken several other types of studio before, this course was instrumental in preparing me for architecture school. I would say M+M is the boot camp of architecture schools. During my first week in the M.Arch program, I assisted several thesis students in preparing for their final presentation. Helping these students proved to be a fantastic way to gain unique insights into the school and the type of work I would be doing for my own thesis.

Erin B.

"I chose SCI-Arc because it has so many different things to offer that all come together under one roof..."

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Ryan M.

"To my surprise, the enchanting work that SCI-Arc has been producing over the past years has an enriching theoretical context to it."

Sara L.

"I chose SCI-Arc because I felt the school could give me an educational experience unique to this institution alone, and the ability to think and create architecture in a more engaging and less traditional way."