the synergy of technical and creative processes 

 

I am a design student who is fueled by data and strategy just as much as I am inspired by art and photography. I am currently completing my Masters of Architecture at Tulane University, a unique, five year accelerated, pre-professional program in the heart of New Orleans. During my tenure here, I have held numerous leadership positions on campus and worked with prospective students in the Admissions Office, while also tackling challenging design projects and accepting small creative commissions. I function best when I am balancing technical, interpersonal, and design projects.  

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more than a designer 

 

My designs are process driven, and I worked best through hand sketching, research collection, and data analysis. I can always be found carrying at least fifty pens with me at one time, because I rely on color and texture to visualize a project and solution. If I look back at the projects I've completed at Tulane, my process can be broken down into these six phases: Research, Strategy, Prototyping, Analysis, Production, and Reflection. 

 
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research

IDENTIFY project needs and organize data 

I start all projects by researching, identifying the projects need or the clients' needs (if I have a client), and also understanding the scale and the scope of the project. As I research, I synthesize data and ideas and find strategic, visual ways to organize qualitative and quantitative research. 

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strategy

develop the concept and address challenges

After researching to understanding the scale and scope of the project, as well as identifying the basic client needs, I identify a concept and strategy. Oftentimes, the strategy goes beyond the assigned programmatic needs of the project, and identifies a program that the client didn't know they needed. 

 
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prototyping

Test ideas and explore iterations  

I use a variety of techniques to test ideas, including sketching, hand modeling, and computer modeling. I also like to study strategies for texture and color, and create mood boards that guide the project's visual direction. 

 
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production

finalize solutions and present the project

Once all final design decisions have been reached, I shift gears to turn the drawings, renderings, images, and diagrams into a final product that is ready for the client to distribute or present. This is one of my favorite phases of the design process, but also one that I find the most challenging. For my architecture projects, I prefer to take a moment to look for visual strategy inspiration, so that all final drawings are compelling and cohesive. 

analysis

adjust ideas and propose new solutions

After testing a couple of ideas, I take some time to analyze which design decisions are working and which are falling short. I seize the opportunity to make adjustments and test new prototypes if the project timeline allows.

 
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reflection

draw conclusions and plan for the future

Following the production stage, which often ends with a final review and a "critique," I like to reflect on the challenges I experienced throughout the project, solutions that worked for overcoming those challenges, and lessons or skills that I can take with me in the design of the next project. I see every project as an opportunity to explore new design ideas while also building a stronger design toolkit that can be applied to multiple project types. 

 

leadership

 

I am someone that rises to challenge and responsibility. I have held numerous leadership positions on campus, and most recently, served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs on the Undergraduate Student Government. This position had put me at the table with top administrators on campus to ensure that students' academic needs are heard, prioritized, and responded to. I have developed skills in public speaking, communication, active listening and critical thinking, allowing me to think quickly and respond effectively to various problems. 

 

"Thank you for sharing your thoughts during the Small Center for Collaborative Design dedication on Tuesday. All of the speakers at the event were terrific – and the way that your remarks were bracketed between President Fitts and Maggie Hansen was particularly powerful. Your reflections on what the center has meant to you, and by extension to many other Tulane School of Architecture students, really resonated with the audience. Your message was very well crafted and delivered, and it was clearly from the heart. I will remember the moment for a very long time to come."

- Kenneth Schwartz, Dean of Tulane School of Architecture