Architect

How did you decide which initial career to pursue?

When I was in high school trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up, and while doing research in the small school library for a paper I needed to write, I found an article that described Architecture as a “Social Art.” It implied that Architecture was an art form, but unlike most things identified as art, it had an intrinsic social purpose, beyond just aesthetic appreciation. I loved to draw and math was my favorite subject at that point. It was assumed in my neck of the woods that if you could do college prep math, and were going to college, engineering would be the way to go. Finding out that you could actually make a living drawing, coloring, playing in the dirt; and using formulas and math appealed to me. This simple, initial inspiration for what would become a career as an architect, matured into what has been the central premise behind what makes me tick as a professional and as a human being:

Where did you receive your education and how did you find this helped you to begin your career?

The University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture. The enthusiasm from the other students was infectious and we all supported each other to do the best we could in the program.

Who provided the most support to you as you were getting started and how did you connect with this person or people?

Competent teaching staff who provided encouragement and access to helpful resources.

What is the best career advice you have ever received?

Persevere despite a lack of confidence in ability to finish the program at times.

 

How did you decide which career to pursue?

When I was in high school trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up, and while doing research in the small school library for a paper I needed to write, I found an article that described Architecture as a “Social Art.” It implied that Architecture was an art form, but unlike most things identified as art, it had an intrinsic social purpose, beyond just aesthetic appreciation. I loved to draw and math was my favorite subject at that point. It was assumed in my neck of the woods that if you could do college prep math, and were going to college, engineering would be the way to go. Finding out that you could actually make a living drawing, coloring, playing in the dirt; and using formulas and math appealed to me. This simple, initial inspiration for what would become a career as an architect, matured into what has been the central premise behind what makes me tick as a professional and as a human being. Fortunately now they have sessions in the Summer that high school students can attend to get a better sense of what architecture school would be like.

Where did you go to school and how did it help you?

University of Toronto. Students were very supportive of each other and staff were always helpful.