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 about being at Georgia Tech? Definitely the diversity in culture. I like to listen to the stories of other people with upbringings similar and different from my own. I am deeply enthralled by the notion that people from various backgrounds assemble with the common purpose of attaining a higher education.
What do you do for fun in Atlanta? Born and raised in the suburbs, I never had the right set of circumstances to walk, skateboard, or bike around the city as often as I do now. Additionally, you can usually catch me volunteering at the high museum or eating pizza at a number of local pizza places.
What has been your favorite class? After my first semester, I would have to say Architecture Media and Modeling was invaluable to me. I enjoyed formulating models and diagrams with different design software which was useful for architecture studio.
What is your favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech? My favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech is the great community created by my faculty and peers within the school of architecture. Being surrounded by other students who share the same passion and excitement for their work and the work of others makes coming to studio something that I look forward to every day.
What do you do for fun in Atlanta? I bike or skateboard around the city with friends. I enjoy discovering new parks and restaurants in the many neighborhoods that surround the city. I went to high-school nearby to Tech but I still find that there are so many new things to discover.
What has been your favorite class? Thus far my favorite class was First Year Studio. It's really unique to have a class that encourages you to share ideas, draw on the viewpoints of those around you, and talk with other people who get you excited about your work and inspire you to try new things. This class has allowed me to learn a lot about myself and working with others toward a shared goal. We finished the semester with a multi-use project on a nearby site in Atlanta. It was really fun to collaboratively document the site and imagine our designs coming to life.
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 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 love trying new coffee shops, but when I'm not drinking coffee, I'm probably enjoying a bowl of ramen. I also go to concerts and the High Museum pretty often (free admissions each second Sunday!). This upcoming year, I'm looking forward to going to the farmer's market and the climbing gym.
What is your favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech?I like its location and the generosity of some students. One of my first days on campus, it started pouring while I was walking to the student center, and a random students with an umbrella walked me over even though it was out of his way.
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Anxious
One word to describe what you think now: Unity
Student organizations: Student Center Programs Council (Concerts & Marketing)
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 about being at Georgia Tech? I love being able to connect with like minded people who are passionate in their field of study, having the opportunity to continuously learn more, and going to Tech football games with friends!! Go Jackets!
What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? My friends and I love exploring the city and visiting new restaurants. We especially love late night ice creams at Jeni’s, pizza at Antico’s, and Saturday brunch at Atlanta Breakfast Club.
What has been your favorite class so far? I love studio! Studio gives me the opportunity to explore new ideas and be creative. It is very rewarding to see a final design come together or develop my original concept further. I have also met some of the nicest people through studio, we all work together and bounce ideas off each other.
Which student organizations do you belong to? I am a volunteer at the Georgia Tech Catholic Center and am member of the Honors Program. I also enjoy rock climbing and swimming at the CRC with my roommate and friends.
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Nervous
One word to describe what you think now: Excited
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? I really like being close to Atlanta, as it has so much to offer in terms of food, activities, and sights. Tech is like the best of both worlds, as it has an urban feeling while also providing the feeling of being on a green college campus. You can see the city all around you, but you don’t hear the traffic or feel like you’re caught up in the bustling.
What do you do for fun in Atlanta? I enjoy exploring the markets around Atlanta, such as Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market. They have a variety of unique food options that are fun to try with friends. They are also a great place to just walk around and view a lot of street art. I also like to ride motorized scooters, whether it’s across campus or around the city.
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Anxious
One word to describe what you think now: Eager
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.
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Intimidated
One word to describe what you think now: Inspired
What is your favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech? My favorite thing at Georgia Tech is the incredible and supportive community, and being able to meet all kinds of people that share the same interests as me.
What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? I like going to the aquarium and the botanical gardens. I also really love Ikea and sometimes I'll go there just for fun!
What has been your favorite class so far? My favorite class is definitely studio. It's an experience that is unique to architecture in my opinion, and I have met some incredibly talented and wonderful people because of it.
What clubs do you belong to? I am part of a Bollywood dance team and a member of India Club!
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Overwhelmed
One word to describe what you think now: Inspired
What is your favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech? School of Architecture! It seems like a cop-out, but the students, professors, and researchers here make the school feel intimate at such a large institution like Tech. Everyone truly cares how you are doing (and everyone is truly doing such cool things)!
What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? Walk around. My favorite activity is walking - a city should be experienced on foot. I love creating personal geographies based off of experiences and memories I have had at seemingly insignificant intersections or landmarks. Take note of the variation in sidewalk tiles in different parts of the city!
What has been your favorite class so far? In hindsight, Media and Modeling II. I never had to think in the parametric manner that that course required, but I now seek out opportunities to integrate knowledge from that course. Completely opposite to that, I loved our required humanities course, The City in US History.
What clubs do you belong to? ECO, Georgia Tech Student Foundation, Undergrad Student Advisory Council
One word to describe what you thought before you started: Terrified
One word to describe what you think now: Zealous
What is your favorite thing about going to Georgia Tech? It’s a very diverse school with people from all over the country and all over the world. Through the friends I’ve met here, I’ve been introduced to all sorts of new things like music, food, art, languages, and etc. Tech is very different from the small town I grew up in, but I welcome all the positive changes it has brought to my life.
What has been your favorite class so far? I absolutely loved Intro to Design. It was the first class where I was pushed into learning how to draw and think about projects in a creative and descriptive way without relying on any computer software. I was also introduced to a plethora of materials that I had never used before such as clay, wood, and foam. Overall, it was a fun class that let me experiment and learn the basics of design and different material uses.
What clubs do you belong to? Sorority (AGD), Gourd Visual Art Club
What is your favorite thing about going to Georgia Tech? My favorite thing about going to Georgia Tech is the opportunities and resources that I have access to. Georgia Tech and my classmate's awesome accomplishments and things they are creating also inspires me to be passionate about learning and my work.
What has been your favorite class so far? My favorite class was Media and Modeling. I thoroughly enjoy working on the computer and the possible exploration of designing. In Media Modeling, I enjoyed being guided through software that helped me develop my skills and it also helped foster my ability to learn new software.
What clubs do you belong to? Christian Campus Fellowship, American Institute of Architecture Students, the Student Alumni Association
What is your favorite thing about going to Georgia Tech? The best thing about being at Georgia Tech, especially in architecture, is the friends and the relationships that you make.
What has been your favorite class so far? My favorite class would have to be studio. This is where I get the chance to make projects that reflect my design thought process and creativity. It is a lot of work but, with the help that comes from everyone else that is also doing the work, it is so worth it. I have a “studio fam” and they are amazing. Any time that I am not in studio is mostly spent with them. They are a big reason why I love this program and this class.
What clubs do you belong to? I am apart of the undergrad student advisory council and I also try to attend intervarsity or BCM activities/meetings when I have free time.
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.
What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? From the limitless resources granted to students to the cultural diversity apparent throughout campus, it is a difficult decision choosing a favorite. I would ultimately have to say my favorite thing is the sense of inclusion one can easily experience at Tech. Discovering my Hispanic community at Tech has allowed me to express myself to the fullest extent.
What do you do for fun in Atlanta? Coming from the rural parts of Georgia, Atlanta has revealed itself to be a completely different world. Atlanta is overflowing with various historic monuments and famous places to go visit. So far, I’ve enjoyed visiting the High Museum, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Centennial Olympic Park, and taking late-night trips to QuikTrip with my close architecture friends the most.
What was your favorite class? Without a doubt, my favorite class, so far, has been my first ever architecture studio during the fall semester. The studio allowed me to truly find my own creative space and develop designs that transformed into fully functional architectural projects. Experimenting with an array of materials, techniques, and design styles is exactly why I love architecture.
What clubs do you belong to? Impact Living Learning Community, LLCC (Living Learning Community Council - Recruitment Committee), HRT (Hispanic Recruitment Team), SAA(Student Alumni Association), and FirstGen GT Organization
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)
What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? I love going to concerts! It’s been really fun to get to see some of my favorite artists live, and I’ve discovered some new ones by going to concerts with my friends. I also love thrifting and have found some great pieces from different places around the city.
What was your favorite class? Intro to Design (ARCH 1060) has been my favorite so far. I loved the way that class challenged us to consider architecture in new ways, and how it really laid a foundation for how we can think about design.
Favorite thing about being at Georgia Tech: My favorite thing about Tech is definitely the people I’ve met. I’ve been lucky to make some really great friends both in and outside of architecture, and I love the way that we all motivate and support each other, especially in studio.
What clubs do you belong to? Grand Challenges Living Learning Community (GCLLC), American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Equity in Architecture (EQiA)
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 about Georgia Tech? One of my favorite things about Georgia Tech is actually the SoA's guest lecture series. Georgia Tech invites people that are really dedicated to the field, and it's amazing to hear about all of their incredible research and projects.
What was your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? I love to go on strolls on the Beltline with my friends or take the grocery shuttle to Atlantic Station on the weekends.
What has been your favorite class so far: My favorite class was either my 1315 Computer Science Class or my First Year Studio Class. Both classes were very interesting and required me to think very critically at times.
What clubs do you belong to? Students Organizing for Sustainability and the Film Club.
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