I am soon going to be a third year at the UVA School of Architecture
(but studying in Venice for the coming semester). I am deeply passionate about architecture, but I am fully aware that some people who share my passion have not had the unique opportunities to develop their architecture skills, and therefore may have more difficulty expressing their concepts on paper. Far more than money I am motivated to help people along their paths through architecture, knowing that there are so many people in the world who have wonderful ideas, but lack the skills to express them.
I have been educated in a variety of drafting and architecture related skills over the past six years with considerable success in the subjects. At the age of 14 I took the class Drafting I at Stafford High School which began with lessons in hand drafting. I continued along this line of class skills throughout my high school education, which gave me the opportunity to be trained in the proper use of manual drafting equipment, AutoCAD
, AutoDesk Inventor, AutoCAD Architecture, and Revit
. While learning these skills I was given the opportunity to participate in the district drafting competition hosted by SkillsUSA twice, as well as create the initial designs for three real buildings while in Drafting IV. The first design was the basic design for an addition to the Stafford ROTC building in which I worked with a partner to create it. The second was a design made for Habitat for Humanity in which I made the two most crucial documents for its eventual construction. Finally I was given the opportunity to create the floor plan for my Vice-Principal's new house.
As I graduated from High School with honors I was accepted to both the VA Tech Architecture program, and the UVA School of Architecture. Eventually, I decided on the UVA School of Architecture for personal reasons. Upon my entrance into the UVA School of Architecture I quickly learned that the majority of the other students were coming from an art
background and knew nothing about the hand drawing
techniques that we were expected to use. While later classes taught the use of Photoshop
, InDesign, Illustrator
, and Rhino 5.0 more thoroughly for the first three semesters I taught many other students how to do the work that was expected of us. While these lessons were supposed to be taught primarily by our TAs, their hours were often inconvenient, or they were irresponsible, which made me helpful to many people struggling to use the programs, all of which were either related to, or were the same programs that I had already learned thoroughly over my four intensive high school years. Of additional note is that many people who I worked with were often complimented for their advanced use of the computer programs when they presented their completed work to our Professors.
Additionally I have had the opportunity to hone my skills in a fully professional environment when I interned at the Virginia Center for Architecture, which included both architecture and graphic design work. There I made use of AutoCAD, InDesign, and Photoshop, often using multiple programs on each document to make all of my work there up to the high professional standards held by the state center for Virginia architecture.
My tutoring method begins with teaching an understanding of the basic vocabulary
involved in for the program that I am teaching. Once this vocabulary is learned it is far easier to use a variety of drafting and/or Adobe programs, as well as to communicate problems. Since this first step is the most vital to remember I will include a handout that can be used at any point in the future to remember the most basic aspects of these programs. After that I will develop the skills in a greater context by working through a series of design problems with the student, beginning with simple designs that will only take a single lesson to complete, but the lessons will conclude with a design problem that will take more time, effort, and thought. However, the completion of this final design project will be on a professional enough level to be include in a portfolio. This whole process will involve my full attention in a fully one-on-one environment that encourages questions. Even questions that I cannot immediately answer are welcome. To this day I have never met anyone who claims to fully understand these programs due to their complexity, but what I have found is that on all of my architecture projects throughout the years I have always been able to solve problems very quickly. Additionally, I would be delighted to answer any questions regarding architecture school, home design, or a professional architecture environment.