Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?

University of Florida

What played into your decision to get a graduate engineering degree?

I interned for a year at a design-build firm in St. Petersburg, Florida, and saw the importance and value of construction management as a critical component in the process of creating a building. I believe it is important for an architect to be able to carry out their design, partake in its construction, and manage their own design. A joint degree with architecture and construction management is the perfect solution for understanding the connection between design and execution.

Why did you pick WashU?

For several reasons: It is a prestigious university with a top-ranking architecture program, it allows for easy and flexible completion of dual degrees (such as architecture and construction management), and its financial aid.

What was your favorite course and why?

Trees, Soils, & Systems: Introduction to Aboriculture. This was a landscape architecture course that I chose as an elective, led by Carolyn Gaidis. Students gathered knowledge of trees and soils, and their relationship within our sustainable environment. It was an extremely informative, experimental, interactive, and fun class that involved a lot of outdoor activities, experiments and field trips relating to the topic.

Who is your favorite instructor and why?

Guy Augenstein who taught Construction Cost Estimating. He is very passionate about the topic, teaches in an interactive manner, provides fun and collaborative assignments and (believe it or not) exams.

What advice would you give to a new student?

Do not be afraid to explore courses outside of your major or comfort zone. They may turn out to be your favorite courses and you will learn something new. Also, it can be extremely fun.

What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?

The variety of outdoor activities that are here: Forest Park, the Missouri Botanical Gardens, and markets and festivals.

What campus activities or groups would you recommend to a new student?

WashU intramural sports. It is important to stay active during the school year. You do not have to be an athlete to be on a team and play with and against other students from the University. It is an easy and fun way to escape for an hour each week to be active.

Do you have any work history? If yes, please describe.

  • Architectural intern with Wannemacher Jensen Architects, a design-build firm in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Research assistant at WashU; Design and Build and Energy Efficient Home using 3-D printed technology for Solar Decathlon China
  • Lead workshops about sketch-noting at Sabre, a software company in Krakow, Poland
  • Data processing for Soft Computer Consultants, a software company in Clearwater, Florida

Are there any not-for-profit agencies that you have volunteered or worked with?

Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity.

What are your plans for the future?

Receive my architect's license and manage projects that focus on sustainable design.