Jonathan D.C.B.Arch (May '17)
Hometown: Duarte, CA
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What is it about Architecture that drives you?
The thing about Architecture that drives me is the ability to make a difference in people’s lives through the design of new architecture, and the impact it has on the world around them.
Why did you choose to attend SCI-Arc?
While visiting the campus for the first time during Open House, I walked around the open studio spaces witnessing the interaction that everybody had with each other, and that was very attractive to me. Having attended a public university before, where I was just a number on the enrollment sheet, I was not looking for that environment again, and SCI-Arc felt different.
What are the strengths of the SCI-Arc curriculum?
A key strength of the curriculum is its emphasis on design and on teaching you the tools necessary to create new architecture. A key strength of the school is the faculty; they all have a genuine interest in seeing you succeed and are willing to help whenever possible.
What are your thoughts about the studio culture at SCI-Arc?
It seems that the layout of the studios allows the sharing of ideas that makes the overall program stronger.
Describe your favorite experience at SCI-Arc.
The studio is in fact my favorite time of the day. Working with the rest of the group and being able to bounce ideas off each other, can be a very encouraging experience.
Have you been involved in projects outside of the required coursework?
Since I started at SCI-Arc this past summer, I have worked on 2 installations with Eric Kahn as part of his summer studio class. Also, I worked with Volkan Alkanoglu on his Art Basel installation.
What are your plans upon graduation from SCI-Arc? How will your education at SCI-Arc help you achieve your goals in the future?
Once moving on educationally from SCI-Arc I am determined to continue my education throughout my career, my main goal being to be one day able to teach. I love the feeling I get in school, being pushed by my professors to be focused and go beyond my limits, and I hope I can do the same for generations of architects to come.
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