Yep – that’s right. My Master’s year has come and gone! It was the most grueling 243 days of academics that I have ever been up against. To be quite frank, there wasn’t much that I enjoyed about the “exploratory” process. My thesis focused around the idea of creating an architecture that would permit for the growth of food within our cities as a way to fight the inevitable food crisis looming in our global future.
Although I was not a major proponent of the experience, I did however, learn a few things – for example, that I wanted to stay away from design for as long as I could once I graduated, focusing instead on the more technical aspects of architecture. Thankfully that has been well received at my first full time position within the industry.
I accepted a position at Crosskey Architects back in February, and started working there on May 2nd. It has been a wonderful experience thus far, and I just contributed an article to the firm’s blog. “A Graduate’s Perspective – From Academia to Practice” Check it out here:
I posted this on Facebook and wanted to share it here as well:
That smile comes from countless hours in studio, a perfect 4.0 semester, being one of only two students from my major to graduate with High Honors, appeals that were fought for way too long and eventually won, but most importantly seeing my family there supporting me from day one.
8 Years ago, when we moved back to the US and re-started our lives for a second time, the intent for the move was clear. My parents felt we had more (and better) opportunities here in America. 8 years later, I can proudly say that my parents have successfully aided my sister and I in getting us through college so that we can live a better, “easier” life than they have, and for that there aren’t enough words by which to express my gratitude.
80% of the way there. Next up: Master of Architecture, Spring 2016.
*EDIT* Can’t upload pics for some reason right now…working on it!
Yes, things have been slow on the blog; but today sounds like a great day for an update. 🙂 Spring semester went very well! It was great to balance school with work. I think this pushed me to a new level of time management skills, and allowed me to get away from campus for a few hours each week. This proved to be good for me, as it was my first semester that I earned a perfect 4.0 GPA. I was and am incredibly proud of this.
This summer, I was also enrolled in courses. This is typical of a Wentworth education, as students who are on co op during the spring or fall semesters “make up” this time of missed classes during the summer semester. This semester was huge in squaring away a few personal matters prior to graduation (see the next post) as well as becoming LEED certified. My roommate and I agreed that we would challenge ourselves to pass the LEED Green Associate exam. And we did! Very happy with our success.
Check out some pictures below of this semester’s work and etc. 🙂
Ah yes, a New Year!
Let me start off by recapping the ending of the last one. After getting employed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative in Glastonbury, CT, I worked until the end of the year (literally, New Years Eve was my last day). I really enjoyed my time there, and worked on a huge variety of projects, both local as well as in other states.
My car is doing well! I drove it almost everyday to work. The T-Tops do leak on heavy rainy days, but that’s about it. No problems otherwise.
I am back at school now, starting my senior year!
Wish me luck folks!
I started working at The S/L/A/M Collaborative in Glastonbury, CT a few weeks ago. It has been a great experience thus far! Very happy with my decision.
This new internship has been everything I need so far. In three weeks I have:
1.worked with 3 principals on a total of 5 different projects
2.been invited to attend the AIA CT Annual Conference
3.been on a job site multiple times
4.met and connected with many people (this was a main reason why I tried out a new firm)
5.put my big boy pants on and introduced myself to the President of the firm…(note #4)
Stay hungry my friends.
One might say that I owe everyone here (and the guy writing this) an update. Well, quite frankly, that person would be right. So here goes:
I finished my semester about 2 weeks ago, wrenched on the Z for a few days and hopped on a plane to cross the pond and land in Portugal. Yes, family visit, nothing out of the ordinary.
I finished the semester strong, and finished with As across the board. A in History (Holy cow, I can’t believe it either), A in Site Planning, and A- in Studio. Realistically, I’m content with these grades. This was the last semester that counted towards our architecture GPA for acceptance to the masters program at Wentworth. I decided to take a lighter course load to make sure I could go out with a bang.
I have guaranteed my admittance to the Master’s program (pending a catastrophic change) by having an architecture GPA higher than a 3.2; I will be entering with a 3.76.
In terms of non academic “stuff” this semester, I learned how to make a couple bucks to fund my car hobby by selling vinyl decals. I also pushed my car photography skills by developing The Drive with a fellow gear head (Brandon). In terms of general photography, I submitted to a few different photo contests and was overall very successful, the most recent being the Wentworth photo contest.
Below is a link to my portfolio of my work.
2014 has been the fastest year to my memory. I started the year with an awesome internship at Amenta Emma Architects, a dominate firm in the Tri-state area. I worked for AEA for about 4 months, before it was time to come back to Boston to complete my Junior year.
As I near the completion of the semester, I have begun to search for another internship opportunity, this time for the fall. I hope to land somewhere that has ties to international architecture, as this has been a spot of curiosity for me for some time now. My top choice is Steffian Bradley Architects in Enfield, Connecticut.
In terms of Academics, the semester is going well. Even though I have never taken classes during a summer semester, I have still been able to stay focused and motivated throughout my projects. My favorite course this semester thus far has been studio.
Outside of work and academics, 2014 has also been the year of new beginnings and success unrelated to school and work. In January, I Co-Founded The Drive, a car enthusiast driven Youtube & media channel hosted by two guys who just love cars. We can be seen on all the major social media networks including Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.