Jun 19, 2015

Internships

I am two weeks into my second internship at an architecture office. My first internship was during the end of the school year and I learned so much about creating construction documents and the everyday work of an architect. I really enjoyed my time there and could've stayed forever but I wanted to see a different side of architecture. So this summer, I'm doing another internship at a different firm that that looks more at the social side of architecture. I've loved working for both of these firms and I can already tell that I will be happy working professionally as an architect after college. 

My second home for the summer
If walls could dream... they'd dream of being constructed in architecture offices!

Jun 16, 2015

Drawing Class

Some of my favorite projects from my drawing class last semester:

Breakfast still life
White charcoal on black paper 
Color pastel on black paper
Inspiration: Jim Dine 
Landscape 
Fabric study 

Apr 26, 2015

Cal Poly Open House 2015

Last weekend, I visited San Luis Obispo for Cal Poly's Open House.


I went to Farmer's Market Thursday evening and checked out the Cal Poly club booths as well as the fruit stands. Friday morning, I got checked in at the College of Architecture & Environmental Design table.


I went to information sessions, saw Vellum projects (Cal Poly's furniture design competition) such as the concrete chair below, toured the Solar Decathlon House, and even went to a rodeo!


Saturday, I visited more club booths (and got lots of cool free stuff!!) and then headed out to Design Village in Poly Canyon.


On the bottom of the hill were projects by other colleges (from community colleges, to four-year universities, to other colleges within Cal Poly).


The top half of the hill was all first year architecture studio students from Cal Poly.


I was so impressed by the variety of concepts and materials, and the amazing view! I can't wait to be a part of it next year!



If walls could dream... they'd dream of spending a night in Poly Canyon.

Dec 15, 2014

Cal Poly Acceptance!

I have officially been accepted early decision at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo! I will be studying architecture there next fall. It is so rewarding to see my hard work in high school pay off and get me into my dream school. Can't wait to share with you the exciting architectural projects to come.

If walls could dream... they'd get into their dream schools too!

Nov 11, 2014

Visiting Cornell University: My Top 4 Things To Do

This past weekend, I visited Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. I had a wonderful time exploring the beautiful campus and learning more about their architecture program.
Here are a few tips for your own tour:

1. Visit the Johnson Museum of Art



The museum has a patio, a light-up roof, and a viewing tower.

Whether you're more of an art-observer or an architecture-oogler...

Architectural detail of a two story floor-to-ceiling window.

you'll love the view from the top! (And did I mention it's free?)

Beautiful panoramic views of campus, Ithaca, and the lake.


2. Explore Ithaca!

Ithaca is a rural town in the finger lakes region of New York. Cornell University is located on a hill to the northeast of town. Campus itself is divided into central campus (where all of the academic buildings are), north campus (north of the river, where freshman housing is), and west campus (down the hill on the western edge of campus, where upperclassmen housing is).
Below are two of my favorite "downtown" type places in Ithaca.


Collegetown is directly south of campus and has many great places to eat. I'd totally recommend Collegetown Bagels. Their chocolate chai blew my mind!

Collegetown

The Commons, under construction during my visit, has many more great places to eat. My favorite restaurant there was Waffle Frolic. Yes, just as the name implies, it is indeed an entire restaurant dedicated to the most delicious and inventive waffles ever.

Ithaca Commons


3. See Some Natural Beauty

To work off all the extra bagel and waffle-related calories you'll be consuming while in Ithaca, take a walk to some waterfalls. If a "walk" in the cold New York weather sounds daunting, don't worry. Triphammer falls can be seen from your car as well as from a footbridge literally on top of it. To get the true Cascadilla experience requires climbing stairs down into the gorge, but it's SO worth it!
There are so many beautiful waterfalls in Ithaca, but these two are right on campus (see map above).

The top part of Triphammer Falls.

Cascadilla Falls

Cascadilla Falls


4. Get in the Classroom

Last but not least, it is important to really investigate what it means to be a student at this university. For me, that meant attending an AAP (College of Architecture, Art, and Planning) Information Session and visiting studio. The information session gave me an opportunity to ask architecture-specific questions to an admissions person and get to know the requirements and expectations of studying architecture at Cornell. Visiting studio was one of the highlights of my visit at Cornell because, as an architecture student, I will be spending the majority of my time in studio. First of all, I loved how Milstein Hall being one giant room encourages so much collaboration and community between architecture students. Second, I got to sit in on a critique and really see how intellectually Cornell approaches design.


If walls could dream... they'd dream about art, food, and waterfalls.

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