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Matheos A.
B. Arch
Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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SCI-Arc undergraduate Matheos A. of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, decided to enroll at SCI-Arc after becoming familiar with the school's reputation for being experimental and progressive. "SCI-Arc is a school where architecture is the main focus not only in theory discussions, but also in testing things full-scale," he says.

"When teachers give us their assignments, they don't tell us how to do it; they expect us to figure it out ourselves," he explains. "In other words, we are not learning a way to solve a problem, but a way to learn in itself and how we can apply that to any problem we face."

In addition to his classroom experience, Matheos has been building skills through workshops and projects outside of required coursework. "Before the start of my first semester at SCI-Arc, I volunteered to help build the graduation pavilion in a workshop led by faculty member Alexis Rochas," he recalls. "I found this experience very helpful and a manifestation of how students can take what they learned in studios and apply it in a tangible project, right there in the school's parking lot. Most of all, I think it was an awesome way to meet other students and make great friends."

After graduating from SCI-Arc, Matheos' goal is to someday have his own architecture firm, and possibly return to his home country with bold plans to enhance the architecture profession. "I want to go back home and try to change the way architecture is being taught."

Matheos presents his studio project during finals week

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