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What drew you toward the Tired-a-Lot Summer Studio?
When I was looking online about the program, and reading what all the counselors would be helping the campers with, I kept thinking how I wish I could have done something similar when I was younger. When I attended youth group at my own church we did service projects, but nothing that I got to design or build. After learning more about the Tired-a-Lot studio, I knew it would be an amazing and fun experience. I also love a great pun.
What are your greatest design/architectural accomplishments thus far? What was your favorite project you’ve completed thus far?￼
My greatest accomplishment thus far would have to be a design build project I just completed for school. We worked with a local summer camp for kids with disabilities. Our challenge was to make a 300+ foot floating bridge that would allow the campers a shorter journey, rather than having them go around the entire lake just to go from one side to the other.
My most favorite was designing a Comic-con Headquarters with a good friend of mine as a group project for a studio. We learned a lot by working with each other.
What design/architectural goals do you still hope to achieve?￼
￼Something that I still hope to achieve would to be a lead designer on a video game. I am a complete nerd and love games, and would love to use my knowledge of certain programs and building types to help create 3-D worlds for video games.
What types of spaces do you hope to design, or what types of projects do you hope to take on when you graduate?
That one I’m not really sure on; I would love the opportunity to design museum spaces or medical facilities. If I’m being honest, I’d love the opportunity to work on any project; they all would have a specific skill type that would help me grow as a designer.
How do you hope your work will make a difference (or impact others)?
Going off my last answer, buildings such as museums and medical facilities have an “audience” all day, every day. They are meant to not only be seen, but in some ways be felt. I hope that my work could maybe inspire those that would see it. If it were a museum, I hope that the design would help its audience to be immersed in whatever it is they are there for, from art to science. In a medical facility, your surroundings play a big part in your morale, and I would hope that my design would help keep their spirits up, or distract them from whatever may be keeping them there.
What or who inspired you to become a designer?
In some ways I would have to say both my mother and father inspired me to design. As a child my dad would sit and draw with me, and encourage me. My mother painted, and one of the paintings hung in our living room. I wasn’t surrounded by art or design daily, but I was always encouraged with my art. As I got older and wanted to actually build things, for a time I thought I wanted to be an engineer. My parents supported that, and it was a way for me to create something. It was after being in school that I realized that for me, engineering didn’t allow me to express my design or style, while being able to create something. This led me to architecture.