Hometown: Whittier, CA
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Undergraduate student Javier C. of Whittier, Calif., started at SCI-Arc "wanting to design unconventional residential homes, but as I progressed in my education, I realized that I was naive to think architecture means just buildings," he says. "I've learned architecture has the power to design the way we live and inhabit the world, and today I am studying it because I want to redesign the aspects of our environment that no longer work for us."
Although SCI-Arc's curriculum requires a real-time commitment both inside and outside of the classroom, Javier is proud of the "extra" projects he worked on. "While at SCI-Arc, I've had multiple opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities, including the installation of the 'Lime Wire' exhibition by Oyler Wu Collaborative in the SCI-Arc gallery and the building of the 2009 graduation pavilion," he says.
"Last year, I worked with members of the Watts community to help design a free recording booth intended to serve as a safe haven from gang violence and allow at-risk youth to express themselves through music," he adds. "Most recently, I submitted a competition entry, together with a classmate, proposing a sanitation design that could be easily assembled in third-world countries."
Javier is confident his education will pay off after graduation. "SCI-Arc graduates are typically very flexible to change, being able to adjust to any problems that come along throughout the design process," he says. "The curriculum is such that students have to be self-motivated and driven in order to finish the variety of projects they have to juggle, and this is exactly the case in the real world."
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