I am completing my 4th year as an architecture major undergrad at the UH College of Architecture. I am comfortable with making attractive and accurate 2D computer drawings. I mostly use Vectorworks for this and one of my designs won me the Vectorworks Creative Minds competition for May 2012. My work was also exhibited in D3's Sketch expo at the Lincoln Center in NYC. I presented my own design in the UH Green Building Components Expo 2011. Recently, one of my poems on architecture was published in the Aletheia, a literary arts journal of the UH Honors College. For the summer of 2013 I applied and was selected into a study abroad group with two professors, organized by the UH College of Architecture, to Italy for one month. I will be presenting my research and work from that to the UH College of Architecture Board upon my return.
Those are my distinctions thus far. I have also done design and research projects with some of my professors. What distinguishes me from other students who have also had relative success in this field is that I am a patient and understanding person. I am a people-person and people tend to enjoy talking to me. If you or some one you know is interested in architecture I'd be happy to help in which ever way that I can. I will be re-familiarizing myself with Autocad in the coming months, I regularly use Vectorworks for 2D work and Rhino + Photoshop for 3D renderings. I also know Indesign and Illistrator.
But those skills are only some of the tools I use to express my ideas. What will define me as an architect is not what computer programs I am proficient with but my views and understanding of what is architecture, and more specifically, what meaningful architecture is. Besides tutoring the topics I have chosen, I would also like to help nurture minds for architecture. This is a very broad area but it would involve reading and writing about architecture, learning to listen to all of your senses, and expressing your ideas/ thoughts through art, whether it's sketching, painting, collages, scultpures, anything is acceptable.
It can be argued that having that 6th sense for architecture (space, color, light, shadow, rhythm, pattern, order, materials etc.) cannot be taught but I can offer you or some one you know opportunities for these things to be tested or tries out. I want to help people access more easily their ability to see and understand our world in a different, more poetic or meaningful way. I believe it is by this sensibility that great people, not just great architects, are able to be distinguished from the rest.
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