Our Architecture Ambassadors are faculty-nominated undergraduate and graduate student representatives who embody the diversity, talent, and enthusiasm of our School. The Architecture Ambassadors are available to answer questions about our school and share their experiences about being a student at Georgia Tech. Read their profiles and reach out through email or follow them on Instagram. Our Architecture Ambassadors will greet you when you visit, and show you why Georgia Tech is the best place to study architecture. We can’t wait to meet you!
Candidate in Master of Science in Architecture degree program
Favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech: My favorite thing about being at GT is being surrounded by ambitious and creative people from different fields and backgrounds.
Why did you decide to study architecture? It has been my experience that architecture is a vocation. I do not get to choose my passions. However, I find that this discipline encourages formal, social and technological innovation while retaining an attention toward artistic value. The practice of architecture requires you to constantly break new ground and to reinvent yourself even as you look to the past for inspiration.
Before you started: I was excited to be in such close contact with brilliant faculty and to have access to the wealth of tools and resources available to students.
What you think now: I truly feel that I am playing an active role within a larger mission to enrich the built environment through creative rigor and critical research.
Candidate in 2-year Master of Architecture degree program
Favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech: The campus culture – Georgia Tech has a really vibrant, creative, and diverse student body, and there’s always something exciting happening.
Why did you decide to study architecture? When I studied architecture as an undergrad, I loved the language of architecture and the idea of making spaces that are the backdrop for people’s lives. Now, after working at an architecture firm, I’m really drawn to the details and practicalities that go into making buildings. I love how the details are such an important part of the bigger picture, and I want to keep building my career with that in mind.
Student organizations: Member of Women in Architecture (WIA), American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Eager
One word to describe what you think now: Excited
Master of Architecture graduate '19; Candidate in Master of Science in Urban Design degree program
Favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech: I love being around an environment with a diverse group of people from around the world. It is truly a global village and an incubator of culture and knowledge.
Why did you decide to study architecture? I remember visiting just before I started the application process and I was warmly welcomed (even without an appointment) by all the students and faculty and I knew this was the right place for me. Walking through the studios with students from all over the world, speaking different languages and all working together to solve design problems was truly amazing. In that moment I knew that if I decided to go to Georgia tech, I would be challenged, learn and experience architecture from a global perspective.
Student organizations:I regularly attend events from the student organizations but I am not currently a member of any organizations. I plan on joining NOMAS immediately the 2018-2019 academic year starts.
Describe what you thought before you started:I thought I would not match up to the Georgia Tech design standard.
Describe what you think now:I think the faculty and students are always willing to help incoming students grow and become better designers. There is extremely healthy competition from students with diverse design backgrounds that helps everyone grow.
Favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech: My favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech is the supportive atmosphere both inside and outside the studio. Everyone is eager to help you exceed in your academic journey and there are unlimited resources when you seek them. I also love the multitude of events occurring every week in the program - whether it be attending a meeting run by a student organization or a lecture by a guest architect, there is always something going on!
Why did you decide to study architecture? I decided to study architecture because I have always been in awe by cities and the diverse buildings, parks, alleyways, and highways that live in them. I ultimately wanted to help create cities and neighborhoods that best served its people through both beautiful and functional design. After graduating with my BS in Architecture and working at a firm for a few years, I decided to return to graduate school with the goal of sitting for my exams and becoming a licensed architect - thus helping me better equipped to design and serve the future communities I live in.
Student organizations: Equity in Architecture (EQiA)
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Nervous
One word to describe what you think now: Excited
Candidate in 3.5-year Master of Architecture degree program
Favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech: I am in my second semester of the program and I still find there are a lot of places, programs, and activities to explore around campus. The faculty and staff are really helpful and resources are available when I need them. I feel like Georgia Tech truly offers a great environment for expanding my overall horizon.
Why did you decide to study architecture? In undergrad, I studied interdisciplinary computing arts for a period of time and that exposed me to a wide variety of art mediums that I learned to like and appreciate. I have had a few internships and jobs as a frontend web developer but I realized that I wanted to design more than what gets framed inside a web browser. So I searched for a career that would offer a comprehensive design experience and architecture was the answer. Working at an architectural firm for a couple of years gave me chances to work on various design projects and learn real-world skills and knowledge. I really loved the work experience and I am thoroughly enjoying the architecture program here at Georgia Tech.
Candidate in the Master of Architecture degree program
Favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech: My favorite thing about Georgia Tech is the Digital Fabrication Lab. It’s great to have access to a facility that allows me to actualize my concepts no matter how simple or complex. Also, all the people who use it regularly provide a special feeling of comradery that is difficult to find.
Why did you decide to study architecture? I got my BFA in interdisciplinary sculpture and spent 6 years afterwards producing public sculptures and attending residencies. During this time I also worked for various artists, fabricator and design studios. My interests in the built environment became more complex and going back to school for architecture was the natural progression of my interests.
Student organizations: EQiA in Architecture (EQiA), Squad
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Uh-Oh
One word to describe what you think now: Phew
Favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech: The opportunity to explore so many different paths within architecture through talented and engaging professors within a culturally diverse student body.
Why did you decide to study architecture? I've always been drawn to how people engage with their built environment, first with interior design, but now with architecture. It also allows for a process of working that uses both creative expression and critical thinking.
Student organizations: Equity in Architecture (EQiA), American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Inspired
One word to describe what you think now: Driven
Favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech: I love being at Tech because there is a great emphasize on green construction and sustainability. I am excited for the new Living Building which is currently under construction. It will allow the students to experience and learn firsthand how the buildings of the future will be constructed and operate.
Why did you decide to study architecture? After working for interior design and architecture firms both in the US and abroad I realized that architecture is my life and I cannot see myself doing anything else. It is one of the few professions which gives the opportunity to create new values and make a difference.
Student organizations: Student Alumni Association (SAA)
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Determined
One word to describe what you think now: Confident
Favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech: Being a student at Georgia Tech is being exposed to an enormously diverse, unique and intelligent group of people, who are constantly chasing after their dreams, taking the extra steps to succeed and enjoying every minute of it. It is a truly inspiring place to be, with a multitude of disciplines.
Student organizations: I am a member of BRASA (Brazilian Student Association) and the Department of Housing. With BRASA, we host various events and mentorship programs to spread our culture on campus as well as help our fellow Brazilian students to adapt and succeed at Tech. In Housing, I work as a Peer Leader in Freshman Experience residence halls. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and help freshmen find their way through their first year.
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Intimidated
One word to describe what you think now: Confident
Candidate in Ph.D. in Architecture degree program
Favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech: While Georgia Tech is a big-name school known internationally, there is still a welcoming, small school-type of environment where everyone is willing to help out. Opportunities seem to hide around every corner—you just need to want to find them. Georgia Tech is also in proximity to many coffee shops, which relates to my hobbies of biking and drinking copious amounts of coffee.
Why did you decide to study architecture? Diving into architectural science seemed like a logical step following completion of my mechanical engineering degree. I had lived in an off-grid zero emissions building for my last year of undergrad and was fascinated by all of the clever design tricks made by architects and engineers. I wanted to study buildings from a holistic perspective, so architecture seemed like a better choice than engineering.
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Excited
One word to describe what you think now: Established