Never live a day in your life without smiling.
I grew up in a small town on Long Island, shaped and guided by a large and strong family. In fact, everything I have become has always been because of them. Today, I am a third-year architecture student at Carnegie Mellon University. I am very passionate about all that I do and always become heavily involved in what I love. I love to drive, get behind the wheel and hit the road. Often that road leads me to the beach. Other times it takes me to a baseball field, a golf course, or even a concert. I've played the Euphonium and Trombone in all-county bands, solo performances, pit orchestras, and jazz bands for about 10 years. I've studied Spanish for over 7 years to connect more with my Puerto Rican family. This past summer I even started my own auto detailing business, CARchitecture Auto Detailing.
I was that kid who knew when he was 11 years old that he wanted to be an architect. Dad was a carpenter and so I grew to love building and making. Mom inspired me to be creative and so I grew to love drawing. Architecture School has combined those passions for me and has continuously put them to the challenge. I have completed a number of projects in studio and have worked hands-on in construction to expand my passion and insight. I have definitely learned much of the role of the architect, and as I continue to grow intellectually, I am beginning to seek to cast myself as the architect who can architect anything... not just buildings. I will graduate in 2018 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, Minor in Hispanic Studies, and Concentration in Entrepreneurship for Creative Industries. I will later pursue a Master of Science degree in Architecture-Engineering-Construction Management, and begin a career in construction management, architecture, and leadership. I do what I love, and love what I do. That's why I never go a day without smiling.
Analog Drawing | Focused on hand drafting techniques through the replication of a preexisting building in Milan (see Casa Figini).
Building Physics | Evaluated efficient thermal and lighting performance of the previously studied building through computer software and proposed changes based on current standards to improve its overall efficiency.
Digital Media | Hands-on software lab for learning architectural programs, digital rendering, and animation.
Descriptive Geometry | Solved architectural problems purely through geometric constructions and drawing tools.
Context | Analyzed local urban settings and places for their spatial qualities and social success.
Materials + Assembly | Studied building codes to understand structural elements, construction assemblies, and safety requirements through CAD and 3D modeling.
Human Factors | Researched and collected data from a newly constructed campus building to quantify its university-wide success as a unique learning and study environment for students of all majors.
[Structures + Statics] Exploring and investigating advanced construction methods, structural performance, and the role of the architect as an engineer.
[Environment I: Climate & Energy] Analyzing building performance for sustainable energy use and studying material properties and designs to capitalize on complete energy efficiency.
I can identify any automobile by name without looking at its badges or logos.