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!
What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? Discovering all the great food and restaurants in the city.
What has been your favorite studio project? Designing a community center in Savannah, Georgia.
What I do for fun when I’m not in studio: I really enjoy exploring different activities in Atlanta with my friends or binge-watching Netflix.
Student organizations: Student Alumni Association (SSA) and American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
Favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech: I like that the student body is so diverse and that there are always fun events going on at Tech. I also love how close we are to the city, it’s so easy to go exploring!
Favorite studio project: My favorite studio project would have to be the last one we did freshman year. We had to design an environmental/research center on Sapelo Island! My favorite parts were actually going to Sapelo Island to find out more about the ecosystems there, and physically building the scale model of our structure.
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Anticipation
One word to describe what you think now: Worthwhile
Favorite studio project: I'm very much enjoying our current project on redesigning Tech Green to be a more effective and inviting green space at the center of campus
Favorite thing to do outside of the architecture building: My roommate and I regularly go to the Campus Recreation Center to rock climb. They have all the gear and training you need there for free!
Student Organizations: Currently only Fondue Club, which was co-founded by someone in our studio and is on its way to be charter.
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Untrained
One word to describe what you think now: Learning
What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? I really enjoy exploring the city and finding fun things to do and new places to eat. There are always fun events happening around town like art shows and concerts!
What has been your favorite class? History of architecture classes. Professors are really passionate about what they're teaching and the things I learned in class can be applied to my studio classes in years to come.
What I do for fun when I’m not in studio: When I'm not in the architecture building I love traveling, hiking and photography.
Student organizations: American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Women in Architecture, Student Ambassador for TEDxGeorgia Tech, and Alternative Service Breaks (participating in 2017 Spring Break Habitat for Humanity Build in Jacksonville, FL)
What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? I love exploring Atlanta with my dog. Anybody is welcome to join us!
What has been your favorite class so far? History of Architecture. It was my first class before I began studio (I changed my major) and it definitely broadened my interest to so many details of architecture I had not considered in the past.
What was your favorite studio project? The 48-hour box. It was our first project from Freshmen studio, no rules, just being creative while making a box.
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Terrifying
One word to describe what you think now: Not as scary as I thought, and very enjoyable and worthwhile.
What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? I like to visit museums and find new restaurants.
What has been your favorite class so far? My favorite class was studio because I feel that I really developed skills and made meaningful connections.
What was your favorite studio project? My favorite studio project was the final project from last semester, which was designing an outdoor meditation space.
What I do for fun when I’m not in studio: Besides hanging it with my friends, I like to read, sing, and play instruments.
Student organizations: Equity in Architecture (GT EQiA), AIAS
What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? Atlanta has a lot to offer from the High Museum to the World of Coca Cola, but my favorite is the Georgia Aquarium. They have a huge range of habitats, which include penguins and albino alligators. My favorite part is standing behind the glass in the huge tank and watching the whale sharks swim around.
What has been your favorite studio project? My favorite project has been the Refugee Housing project. In essence, the goal was to transform two shipping containers into useable, livable space for Syrian Refugees. The space constraints made me emphasize ways to expand the space, while still adding all the necessary features that make a secure and comfortable home.
What do you do for fun outside of the architecture building? I enjoy drinking coffee with friends, seeing a good movie or reading a good book. On weekends, I love hiking or camping out in the North Georgia Mountains.
What was your favorite class? My favorite class has definitely been the freshman studio. This class is very special to me because it was my first real insight into the architecture design process. Above all, it gave me an opportunity to experience a unique “hands-on” way of learning, problem solving, and designing.
What do you do for fun outside of the architecture building? I spend most of my free time re-watching old movies, spending time with friends, talking to family, and cycling!
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Intimidating
One word to describe what you think now: Rewarding
What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? One of my favorite things to do in Atlanta is to explore the city and to take advantage of all the amazing events that occur, many of them for free!
What has been your favorite studio project? My favorite studio project is the refugee shipping container home we did last fall. We had to explore the economic, social and cultural situations and aspects of Syrian refugees in Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan and were only given two shipping containers to make one home. It was challenging but fun.
What clubs do you belong to? I am a part of the Women in Architecture club as well as the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority.
What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? I enjoy roaming downtown Atlanta. I enjoy observing the beautiful landscape and Architecture. This feeling of admiration has become therapeutic.
Favorite studio project: I really enjoyed designing a community center for downtown Savannah Georgia. I am a Georgia native and I have visited Savannah on numerous occasions. I enjoyed investigating the way of life in Savannah in order to develop a structure suitable for the site.
What I do for fun when I’m not in studio: I enjoy playing basketball for the Georgia Soul, a semi-pro team based out of my hometown, Augusta, Ga. I also enjoy writing poetry and boxing.
Student organizations: Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity
What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? I really enjoy taking walks throughout midtown, downtown, and Piedmont (along with other parks in and around Atlanta). I usually dodge in and out of different buildings that look interesting from the outside, and I especially love hotel lobbies like the Marriot Marquis, Westin, and the Hyatt Regency. The AmericasMart Building 3 also has a really fantastic interior plaza.
Favorite class: My favorite class was Architecture History II with Benji Flowers. It was the first architecture class I actually took after switching in to the major, and a wonderful introduction that really sparked my passion for architecture.
Favorite studio project: The fourth phase in our fall studio had us materialize our previous object in wood. The piece I had built for the previous phase really didn't translate easily, but I really enjoyed solving the issues on material translation from chipboard construction into wood. I ended up boiling pieces of the model to bend the wood into curves to make it work.
What I do for fun when I’m not in studio: Outside of architecture, I really enjoy reading, going out to tea shops, exercising, and playing violin.
Student organizations: Georgia Tech Chamber Orchestra
What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? My favorite thing to do in Atlanta is walking its streets. I’m from a small town where there’s virtually no walkability, so living in an area where I am constantly discovering new streets and surrounded by interesting spaces is fantastic.
What was your favorite class? My favorite class I’ve taken so far is History of Architecture. I have always appreciated historical architecture periods and found their respective buildings fascinating, but never fully understood the importance of historical precedents or the influence of these periods until this course.
What do you for fun outside of the architecture building? I enjoy reading, listening to and making music, and biking.
Favorite class: Studio, definitely! I've enjoyed every class I've taken at GT so far, but in studio I have the opportunity to interact with my classmates and professors in a collaborative environment that I have never experienced before.
Favorite studio project: My favorite studio project was my first, the design of a "theater of actions" on Tech campus. Completing the first probe was one of the most difficult activities I've ever undertaken and I learned an extraordinary amount about architecture as well as myself.
What I do for fun when I’m not in studio: I enjoy watching 80's movies and biking with my father.
Student organizations: Georgia Tech Solar House Team, French Club, Starter Bikes, Women in Architecture (WIA)
What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? I like going to concerts and exploring new places and restaurants around the city.
What was your favorite class? Studio! I really enjoy studio because we get to work in groups, so when it comes to work on your project you consider different points of views and you get more creative.
What clubs do you belong to? I'm part of Women in Architecture, Student Construction Association and AISEC.
What has been your favorite class so far? My favorite class was Arch 1060: Introduction to Design and Built Environment, which was taught by Benjamin Flowers and Vernelle Noel. The course focused on improving our vision of seeing architecture and their interpretations.
What do you do for fun outside of the architecture building? I genuinely enjoy traveling and exploring my surroundings. In Atlanta. There are close destinations like Coca Cola Museum and Aquarium. Moreover, there are farther locations such as rafting places, amusement parks, and night markets. Even sometimes, the organizations in the school prepare these plans and drive us to these activities.
What clubs do you belong to? Global Leadership Living Learning Community (GLLLC), International Ambassadors at Georgia Tech (GTIA), Equity in Architecture (EQiA), and Student Alumni Association (SAA)
Favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech's location, right in Midtown Atlanta, makes for an exceptional college experience. Right off the bat, I knew that being right in the action, I would have endless opportunities to seek out internships and work. And that has proven to be true!
Favorite studio project: In the first fall semester studio, my class worked to develop and design refugee housing solutions, using shipping containers, for the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. I was allowed to explore life within the camp -- examining social, natural, religious, and cultural factors -- to determine a way to comfortably address the unique needs of the Syrian refugees. My favorite part was receiving the privilege to have my work exhibited at a Refugee Housing Symposium.
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Anxious
One word to describe what you think now: Proud
Favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech: Definitely the interaction with the faculty. They are accessible and open- we're on a first-name basis with our professors- which is important in owning your architecture education.
Favorite studio project: The last project of my first year which was a new environmental research center for the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island unifying both ecological and social systems.
Student organizations: American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). This past year, we had a resurgence of the Beaux Arts Ball which is the end-of-the-year party for the School. We also do tours of architecture firms downtown.
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Excited
One word to describe what you think now: Still excited, but curious about finer details of architecture
Favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech: The Atlanta location. There are so many things to do in this beautiful city like... seeing a show at The Fox Theater; seeing an exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens or The High Museum; walking on the Atlanta BeltLine; going to festivals or concerts in Piedmont Park.
What I do for fun when I’m not in studio: I enjoy hanging out, eating, or studying with friends, exercising at the CRC, ENO-ing, and relaxing outside.
Student organizations: As it was just my first year, I explored many different options and attended a few meetings for clubs such as Women in Architecture, Habitat for Humanity, Yoga, an outdoors club called ORGIT, various singing clubs, various service clubs, and various religious-affiliated clubs on campus.
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Anticipation
One word to describe what you think now: Excitement
What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? I never miss a chance to try foods outside of my Vietnamese culture. So my favorite thing to do in Atlanta is to eat at different restaurants from around the world! Atlanta offers a great selection of cuisines that are fun to try and that are close to Georgia Tech! On top of visiting restaurants, I also love visiting cute coffee shops/cafes!
What was your favorite class? My favorite classes had to be hands down Architecture History 2 and Intro to Design! Both of these classes were so fun to be in and I learned so much in such a short time! These classes definitely helped me better my designs and broadened my creativity!
What I do for fun when I’m not in studio: Aside from painting and drawing, I love listening to music! I spend a lot of my time going to different concerts and different music festivals to listen to my favorite artists! I also love baking desserts and watching horror movies!
What clubs do you belong to? Georgia Tech Equity in Architecture (GT EQiA), Vietnamese Student Association (VSA)
What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? My favorite thing to do in Atlanta is explore the different food places on the weekends. Midtown is within walking distance and there are tons of new places to try.
What was your favorite class?My favorite class from my first semester at Georgia Tech was Introduction to Design and the Built Environment. In that class, we had an overview of many famous buildings and we were challenged to examine each individual aspect of it and figure out the reasoning behind what first seemed like a simple feature.
What clubs do you belong to? Sorority (ZTA), Bopsop, Student Alumni Association
What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? I love going to concerts all over the city. Buckhead Theater, The Tabernacle, and Variety Playhouse all have great shows year round and the smaller venue lets you get really close to the artists. I also love finding new restaurants to feed my burrito addiction like Pure Taqueria in Brookhaven or Raging Burrito in downtown Decatur.
What has been your favorite class so far? I found History of Architecture super intriguing. It is crazy to think that buildings that are hundreds of years old still have an effect on the way we build today. Seeing the innovation achieved by these masterminds makes me excited to see what's to come.
What was your favorite studio project? Our final project from fall First Year Studio has to be my favorite. We were challenged to design a meditation garden taking into account site plans as well as geographical location. The issues we faced with the site conditions modeled actual challenges faced on real building projects.
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Terrified
One word to describe what you think now: Excited
What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? I love eating at new restaurants with my friends and family who visit! Takorea, Mary Mac's Tea Room, or Six Feet Under are some of my favorites.
What has been your favorite studio project? I really enjoyed our final project for fall freshman studio. I created an outdoor garden/pavilion space for meditation or relaxation on the lakeshore in Madison, WI.
What I do for fun when I’m not in studio: I'm a member of the Yellow Jacket Marching Band as well as Pep Band for basketball, so you can probably find me at most Tech games.
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Time-consuming
One word to describe what you think now: Worthwhile
What clubs do you belong to? Student Alumni Association, Band Club Social Committee, Yellow Jacket Marching Band, Pep Band
What do you do for fun outside of the architecture building? You can find me hanging with friends, skateboarding, reading, climbing trees, running, knitting up a storm, or laying in the grass soaking up the sun (usually in the middle of Tech Green).
What has been your favorite studio project? Designing an earthwork to go on the grassy lawn on top of the hill by the library. It was absolutely bewildering to be thrown into a whole new field and a whole new project on the very first day of class, but by embracing that confusion and using it to drive me to get better, I have learned an enormous amount and have come so far since then.
Student organizations: American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Women in Architecture (WIA), Wreckless, Pottery Club, Unicycling Club