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Makanakai S.

B.Arch (May '17)
Hometown: Kailua Kona, HI

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What is it about Architecture that drives you?
The idea that architects mold an inhabitable space drives the motivation to follow in the same footsteps. Those footsteps will lead to better things in the future.

Why did you choose to attend SCI-Arc?
SCI-Arc has an outstanding reputation amongst the architecture community that coincidentally got to me a few years ago. Considering I did not want to apply to many colleges at once, SCI-Arc made itself high on my list. The atmosphere, curriculum, student body, and creativity attracted the very likes of me and this is where I stand today.

What are the strengths of the SCI-Arc curriculum?
The curriculum is innovative instead of traditional. Rather than being taught about history up to the current year, students experience architecture through all of its idiosyncrasies. History is introduced slowly to structurally strengthen our understanding of architecture.

What are the defining or unique characteristics of SCI-Arc students?
Many would say the defining characteristic of SCI-Arc's student population is that we are motivated towards a common goal. I would say that is true. I would also say we are content people and though we may not have social lives, we share the commonality of lines, curves, mass in space.

What is your favorite studio experience at SCI-Arc?
In memory, the best studio experience is by far the final stages of pinning up the work. This is usually the time before the review and there is a short moment of downtime.

Have you been involved in projects outside of the required coursework?
In 1A studio there is enough on my plate though I can say I fully appreciate having a job in the woodshop. There is that chance to see everyone else working on their projects and being able to help when possible.

What are your plans upon graduation from SCI-Arc? How will your education at SCI-Arc help you achieve your goals in the future?
Five years is far away. The ultimate goal is to have a firm whether or not it is in the field of architecture. I will project the firm will have something to do with architecture in every way.

Carolina M.

"We are the architects of the future and SCI-Arc is the place that guides us to reach our goals as designers."

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."

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."

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."

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."