Inside SCI-Arc

Poorva G.

B.Arch (April 2018)
Hometown: Gurgaon, India

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What is it about architecture that drives you?
I have been inspired by the grand architectural heritage of India ranging from the ancient times, medieval Mughal period, the Victorian period to the modern day architecture. The interplay of several fields like History, Design, Mathematics, Material science in designing architectural structures has fascinated me.The urge to explore this fascination coupled with the fact that the buildings I design would make a difference in people’s lives drives me about architecture.

Why did you choose to attend SCI-Arc?
SCI-Arc has a very encouraging and open learning atmosphere. In this quarter-mile long building you're surrounded by models, practicing architects and future architects only. When you're inside SCI-Arc, the only thing you can think about is architecture and everything related to it. Choosing SCI-Arc is not an option, for anybody aspiring to be an architect, it should be an obvious choice.

What are the strengths of SCI-Arc’s curriculum?
The curriculum is designed to maximize our creative potential and personal expression. The emphasis is on problem solving with innovative teaching tools. Easy interaction with teachers and peers is encouraged which helps one learn a lot more. Constant upgrading of the syllabus is a major feature which helps us keep abreast with the latest developments in the field of architecture.

What are the defining or unique characteristics of SCI-Arc students?
The students are as diverse as the backgrounds they come from and bring unique sets of skills with them. Every student has their own style yet each one is willing to help others. Every student here has amazing work ethics. This enriches the learning experience of all.

What is your favorite studio experience?
Tiring, but fun is staying up all night in studio, working. It might not be the ideal thing to do but it accounts for the fact that working in studio on your desk is everyone's favorite. When you're trying to stick your model, and your fingers stick with the glue instead at 3:00 AM, you might actually laugh and enjoy your work even more. And the best part about studio is that everybody is always working there, so no matter what problem you have, you always have your peers to help you out. It's altogether, a fun experience and all of it is in fact my favorite.

Have you been involved in projects outside of the required coursework?
As a 1A student, I haven't been involved much in projects outside my coursework yet but helping thesis students was amazing. Seeing their work and their way of working left me astonished but at the same time, motivated me to take up this opportunity I have at SCI-Arc and utilize it in the best possible way.

What are your plans upon graduation from SCI-Arc? How will your education at SCI-Arc help you achieve your goals in the future? After graduating from SCI-Arc, I want to work to gain experience, know how architects literally work and continue my education. To get through all this, the one thing that would help me is my education at SCI-Arc. With time as I'm learning here and working on my model building skills, rendering, drawings etc, the most important thing that I'm learning is how to present my work. I can already feel like I’ll be prepared when it's time because we are taught to work in such a rigorous way, that it prepares us for almost anything.

Carolina M.

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

Arman B.

"The SCI-Arc curriculum is very much based on practice, while at the same time allowing students to explore the boundaries of art and architecture."

Melissa L.

"There are no limits to being creative, and going above and beyond of what you have. SCI-Arc helps us and urges us to continuously use and improve our theoretical minds."

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."