Rachel B.B.Arch (Sept'13)
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
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Why did you choose architecture?
I come from a fine arts background mainly focusing on painting and knew that I wanted to pursue something in the arts. I chose to pursue architecture because I wanted to go into a profession that allowed me to be creative as well as impact the world in a significant way. It is the most personal form of expression in my mind; not only does it serve a functional purpose but it allows you to create something and express yourself in such a way that anyone is able to come and experience it and utilize it. Architecture is the creation of fully engaging artwork, it is an expression of oneself that complete strangers are able to experience and inhabit.
Why did you choose to attend SCI-Arc?
SCI-Arc offers a unique college experience; one of its main draws for me was the level of creativity and experimentation that it promotes. I first visited the school during one of its spring shows and knew instantly that it was the school for me. SCI-Arc is anything but your typical architecture school, one of its many appeals. It is its own culture in itself, from the level of work being produced to the studio culture and the level of unity and collaboration between faculty and students.
What are the strengths of the SCI-Arc curriculum?
SCI-Arc focuses on pushing the envelope of architectural discourse. We are encouraged to constantly push to create new and inventive modes of design, and to constantly ask “why not?” The school is geared completely around harnessing ones creative potential.
What are the defining or unique characteristics of SCI-Arc students?
SCI-Arc students are very dedicated to the studio mindset and are constantly pushing to understand what architecture means and how they can create it in their own unique and innovative way. Students here are driven by their own desire to push past what is considered the “norm” in order to reach an entirely new level of design.
Describe your favorite studio experience at SCI-Arc.
I have to say that my favorite part of the studio experience here at SCI-Arc is how willing my fellow students are to help out with design issues. There is a high level of support within the studio that helps to motivate us further in our design process as well as creates a deep sense of community that could only exist here.
Have you been involved in projects outside of the required coursework?
I have helped out with two gallery installations: Barbara Bestor’s “Silent Disco” and Odile Decq’s “Anisotrophy”. Both were very interesting and allowed me to see first-hand how design can be applied in the real world.
What are your plans upon graduation from SCI-Arc? How will your education at SCI-Arc help you achieve your goals in the future?
With the skills I will gain from studying at SCI-Arc the possibilities are endless. I hope to pursue a career in design. By this I mean, I don’t have preference as to what specific structure I wish to pursue, I hope to go into a firm that designs both small scale and large scale projects because I believe that architecture can be powerful at any scale.
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