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Sara L.

MArch 1 (Sept'14)
Hometown: Orange County, CA

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Why did you choose architecture?
Architecture has been an interest of mine since I was younger, starting with its ability to make a person feel a certain way based solely on the structure around them. I’ve also always appreciated architecture’s ability to have an impact on many different levels. It is a profession that provides a basic human necessity while simultaneously being a discipline that encourages a critical discourse on the academia level.

Why did you choose to attend SCI-Arc?
I chose SCI-Arc because I felt the school could give me an educational experience unique to this institution alone. The school and its facilities give students the ability to think and create architecture in a more engaging and less traditional way.

What are the strengths of the SCI-Arc curriculum?
SCI-Arc seems to contribute to not only to the profession of architecture, but also to the discipline, which gives the students at this school a unique opportunity. SCI-Arc allows students to develop a response to the critical problems of the discipline itself while also discovering new facets of the discipline.

What are the defining or unique characteristics of SCI-Arc students?
SCI-Arc students seem to possess a passion for architecture that isn’t necessarily as common in students at other institutions. This deep, insatiable interest in architecture is encouraged and fostered throughout a student’s time at the school. Also, each student seems very unique and creative in his/her own way, which then opens up an extremely diverse and interesting discussion through the work created by the students.

Describe your favorite studio experience at SCI-Arc.
Jonah Rowen

Have you been involved in projects outside of the required coursework?
Helping thesis students was a great way to gain insider knowledge about the curriculum and learn about what is to be expected throughout my time at SCI-Arc. It was extremely exciting and encouraging to see the level of work being produced and to know that is where I will hopefully be 3 years from now.

What are your plans upon graduation from SCI-Arc? How will your education at SCI-Arc help you achieve your goals in the future?
Upon graduation I hope to work for a prominent architect/firm in order to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible. I would then, eventually, like to start my own firm and become licensed. I feel my education at SCI-Arc will help me gain a deeper understanding of what type of architect I want to be and in what way I want to contribute to architecture. SCI-Arc will also provide me with a well-rounded education that is rich in both theory and practice.

Ryan M.

"To my surprise, the enchanting work that SCI-Arc has been producing over the past years has an enriching theoretical context to it."

Madeleine H.

"Living and studying in a city that embraces experimental architecture (in a climate that can better sustain it) is a distinct bonus."

H Clark

"Traditional school programs work from A to Z, whereas a program like SCI-Arc may work from Z to A, or A to M to K to Y...." Read more >>

Makenzie M.
M.Arch 2

"I am excited knowing a small school like SCI-Arc would give me the chance to build valuable relationships with both the students and faculty."

Scully B.

"Students here are moderately competitive; yet very approachable critical thinkers. The eclectic international crowd sets the tone to a distinct atmosphere and different level of diversity."