My previous, nearly life-long goal to save lives has been overtaken by the simple desire to save the world. Halfway through my college applications, I went back to page one and changed my major from biology to architecture in response to my high school’s environmental science course and the deep conviction I felt for the depressing trajectory of our natural environment. I rerouted my projected course from becoming a pediatrician to designing sustainable architecture that can inspire appreciation and love for nature.
This power that the built environment has on its users, the ability to impact how both the individual and society function, is what excites me the most about architecture. I’ve learned that architecture isn’t just designing something that’s pretty to look at. Architecture is a way to connect with humanity through means of artistic problem-solving, and though its effects remain subtle and often unnoticed by most people, architecture can be the factor that makes a community dysfunctional or a beautiful success.
“We shape out buildings, thereafter they shape us.” Within the first semester of my first year pursuing architecture, I’ve found that Winston Churchill’s statement to the British Parliament is undoubtedly true, and I believe in the achievements humanity can accomplish and our ability to create and design successful solutions for the problems we face now and in the future.As a young woman of a minority race, I am aware of the current gender imbalances and sadly profound lack of racial diversity in the field I have chosen, however, I prefer to look to the advancements toward equality and a brighter future. There are so many more positives to look forward to with the slowly but surely improving diversity. Diversity widens our view, our methodology, and our ability to perceive and discover the intricate nuances in each unique community to be able to effectively tailor to their needs while also opening doors to a broad variety of inspiration and solutions that can originate from any corner of the world.