Inside SCI-Arc

Lea S.

B.Arch (Sept 2018)
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

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What is it about architecture that drives you?
I am enthralled by the vast array of understandings as to what architecture can be. And how far it can shape and shift society. The ground point of architecture that is an inspiration to me, absolutely anything industrial. Anything. Something so simple yet can be so unbelievably complex. It always comes back to beauty for me and how the most grotesque thing can be beautiful, shifting perception and what is the chosen focal point to allow this process to happen. This, this is what drives me.

Why did you choose to attend SCI-Arc?
I chose SCI-Arc in a very unordinary way. A friend of mine was interested in attending SCI-Arc, so I brought him to check it out. Student thesis was on display, no tour was being offered at the time, so we roamed the one quarter-mile-long hall of SCI-Arc, overheard a class lecture, and immediately it was a profound moment of a gazillion light bulbs going off all at once, aligning the stars of the deeper tissues of how I understand life. At that moment, I had discovered my new pursuit in life. I have been a trained dancer my entire life, and never saw this coming. SCI-Arc was indeed the only school I applied to, for it encapsulated everything from high end design: an imaginative sophisticated intellectual approach, conceptually profound, and a very collective conscious approach in how close and intermingled the school is. The ironic part about it, my friend ended up going to a different school.

What are the strengths of SCI-Arc’s curriculum?
Thus far, I love learning in the educational process at SCI-Arc by the ways of getting hyper involved focusing on one task, without a bigger picture in mind, doing this for each several different tasks, and then being in awe of how it all comes together. SCI-Arc has a phenomenal way of bringing out a high level of creativity in students through a very well thought out structured manner. Controlled chaos in a way. Emphasizing student's work to project a voice of its own.

What are the defining or unique characteristics of SCI-Arc students?
Glasses and black clothing.

What is your favorite studio experience?
My favorite aspect of experiencing studio is how as a class, all students become a joint network, constantly ricocheting off one another. Whether its inspiration, new ideas and information, to helpful tips and teaching each other. It’s a very dense, concentrated work force. We build bonds immediately and become one another's anchors even if it’s not an obvious one.

What are your plans upon graduation from SCI-Arc? How will your education at SCI-Arc help you achieve your goals in the future? I came to SCI-Arc filled with ideas of ways in which I’d like to work on this earth. I had two main interests, helping third world countries with sustainable living, and being in control of creating environments of people’s conscious and subconscious experience. But for now, I have abandoned those goals and ideas and tucked them away. I am so intrigued of what I am to learn at SCI-Arc, how it will mold my ideas and who I am and am to become. I am staying completely present in the process, knowing my old goals and intentions will surface at their own time. I’m letting SCI-Arc morph my beliefs into something I don’t even know what it is to be yet.

Patrice C.

"There is a certain level of permanency in architecture which I could not achieve as a classical violinist. As an architect, I will be able to expand my efforts to include not only sound but also visual expressions." Read more >>

Joao V.

"The great thing about SCI-Arc is that you are allowed to pursue your individual interests and the instructors guide and help you to develop those ideas." Read more >>

Rachel B.

"SCI-Arc is anything but your typical architecture school. It is its own culture in itself, from the level of work being produced to the studio culture and the unity and collaboration between faculty and students." Read more >>

Jonathan D.C.

"The thing about Architecture that drives me is the ability to make a difference in people’s lives through the design of new architecture." Read more >>