Hello, My Name is…

Now that we in the groove of being students again after our summer off, I thought that we should officially introduce ourselves. Not just as the Community Build class, which has been done on this blog as well as at community meetings now, but as the individuals that have each chosen to spend this semester working with the Ardmore Neighborhood. Following is a brief introduction to each member of our team that includes a photo, where they are from, if they are an undergraduate or graduate students, and a response to the prompt “what got you interested in Architecture and/or what do you plan on doing after graduation?”. As the weeks go on we all look forward to getting to meet more of our lovely readers as well! 

 
 

 

Mia Walker

Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina

Year: Undergraduate

“I was always intrigued with the design aspect of things and art growing up. Architecture always seemed like the perfect fit for me because I knew I could channel my artistic side while also giving back and providing people with beautiful spaces to inhabit. After graduating from undergrad I plan on going to grad school at Clemson University. And after that I intend to work for a firm that shares the same interests as me and wants to use our knowledge to give back to the community.”


Xander Pagayon

Hometown: Philippines but moved to Florence, South Carolina at age 10

Year: Undergraduate

“Someone asked me what i wanted to do with my life in the 6th grade, and I asked what jobs involved drawing. Someone said architecture, the rest is history.”


John Owens

Hometown: Davidsonville, Maryland

Year: Graduate

“What got me into architecture was staring at skyscrapers as a kid and dreaming about creating them one day (although now I definitely don’t want to design them). And after graduating this spring, I’ll be looking at moving to Atlanta for a few years and then who knows where to next.”


Landon Hannah

Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina

Year: Graduate

“I have always been fascinated with construction and the built environment. Architecture gives you the chance to explore multiple disciplines. After school I would like to continue towards licensure.”


Ian Kordonis

Hometown: James Island, South Carolina

Year: Graduate

“I took a historic preservation studio in my undergrad degree at The College of Charleston. I knew then that I wanted to get into architecture so I applied to Clemson. I’m hoping to find a small, crafty, and artful studio to join after graduation!”


Kayla Pratt

Hometown: Summerville, South Carolina

Year: Undergraduate

“I got into architecture because I was in engineering and art classes in middle school and high school and always thought architecture was a good combination of those two topics that I am very passionate about! I plan to attend graduate school to become a licensed architect and eventually open my own practice.”


Maddilyn Riester

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina

Year: Undergraduate

“I always loved being in the garage with my dad building things when I was little, which is one of the reasons I chose to pursue architecture. After undergrad, I plan on going to graduate school at Clemson.”


Courtney Wolff

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Year: Graduate

“I always had a passion for sustainability, resiliency, and community but without a clear direction about how to integrate those values into a career. It was when I took my first Architecture class that things started to make sense for me. Over the past year I have also discovered my passion for urban design. After graduation I hope to work for a firm that works within a variety of scales, from master planning to individual buildings and that also holds community engagement as a core value.”


Daniel Casanova

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Year: Graduate

“I would have to say that growing up in a family of architects had a big influence on why I got into architecture. However, the main reason that got me into architecture was growing up in Colombia and seeing the inequities people faced. I’d love to be involved in more community build projects engaging “forgotten” communities to provide designs that can enrich the daily lives of those members. I have always wanted to make a positive impact on people/communities through thoughtful architecture.”


Baker Roddey

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina

Year: Graduate

“I got into architecture to use my passion for drawing and creativity everyday. I plan on traveling after graduation.”


Brittany Lapple

Hometown: Long Island, New York

Year: Graduate

“I became interested in architecture during a high school trip to France. Experiencing how history and culture shape the vernacular of a city was incredibly fascinating to me. After graduation, I plan to pursue licensure and eventually practice residential architecture in South Carolina.”


Lauren Praeuner

Hometown: Battle Creek, Nebraska

Year: Graduate

“My high school was fairly small so it didn’t offer any drafting or architecture courses, so I kind of had to learn about architecture on my own. I did a google search of “what to major in if you are good at art and math” and architecture was one of the options that popped up. Growing up, I always liked playing video games that involved building, so it made sense that architecture would interest me. I am still unsure about my plans following graduation, but I am thinking of applying to a few jobs in cities like Austin, TX and Charlotte, NC and going from there. I have always been interested in designing healthcare facilities, but am open to just about any type of work at this point in my career.”


Michaela Chrisman

Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Year: Graduate

I have always been intrigued by problem solving and the depths of details so architecture seemed like the perfect fit. After school, I plan to work towards a career in the academic realm of architecture to help others find what makes them passionate.”

 

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