Alumni

  • Melissa Bernstein

    Melissa Bernstein

      Melissa Bernstein, is a notable, active member of the Philadelphia Architecture community. Combining her interest in both structures and architecture, Melissa recently became a licensed architect in 2012 and works at Jacobs (formerly known as KlingStubbins) in the city of Philadelphia. Her work at Jacobs involves many commercial projects such as office towers, laboratory buildings, hotels etc. Aside from practice, she has a lengthy history with the AIA and currently holds the title as state representative for the Young Architects Program.
       

      Interviewed by Stephanie Haller, BS Arch'15

      What program and what year did you graduate from?
      I graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2008.

      What was the first position you took after graduation?
      While I was in my second year, I began as an intern for Brawer & Hauptman and worked there into the summer. I then took interest in the structures courses my third year that were offered in the architecture program which led me to apply to KlingStubbins, a firm that specialized in structural engineering as well as architecture. When returning from my semester abroad in Italy, I then interned for the architecture department of KlingStubbins.

      Tell me about what you are doing today?
      KlingStubbins had changed their name to Jacobs about three years ago, which is where I continue to work as a licensed architect. I am currently involved with the design of a basketball training facility.

      How did Tyler Architecture prepare you for this?
      The Adjunct faculty of the architecture department were my inspiration by how they balanced between working and teaching in preparation for the professional world. I also enjoyed the theoretical and practical approach that Temple Architecture has to offer, as it provided a well-rounded architectural education.

      How did you get where you are today?
      It all goes back to the studio instructor I had my second year, Dee Nicholas, who had mentioned and helped me find my first internship at Brawer & Hauptman. I also believe that with persistence and being active in the architecture community I am where I am today. In order to gain experience and learn about the architecture field, the initial step is to be proactive as both a student and an intern.

      What one piece of advice would you give a current undergraduate student?
      I had studied at the Temple Rome campus and one of the best things you can do that Temple offers, is to study abroad.

      What do you wish you had taken advantage of while at Temple?
      I have no regrets, I don’t feel that I missed out on any opportunities as a college student. Like many students in the major, I enjoyed the studio culture, and explored the city of Philadelphia as a part of my education. I also participated in yoga and tennis during the busiest times of my thesis year just to relieve some stress.

      How are you involved with American Institute of Architects?
      I was an active member and leader of Temple’s American Institute of Architecture Students chapter, first beginning with the title of Secretary then Co-President. After graduation I needed to take a break from architecture other than my time spent at work during the day. Six months later, I then decided to get back into the organization at the professional level so I started as Associate Director on the AIA Pennsylvania Board which lasted for a two year term (2009-2010). I participated in conferences and visited accredited architecture schools across the state. I then became the Regional Associate’s Director, which is one of eighteen (2011-2012) on the National Associates Committee which involved program sharing, communication and educating architecture students across the country. During that time I introduced a Group Mentoring Program in the city which has been on-going for the last five years. I’ve also lead Architect Registration Exam study sessions at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture. I then became licensed in 2012 and took a break which lead me to the Young Architect Program, as a representative for Pennsylvania and held the position for one year.
       

  • Jack Chin

    Jack Chin

      Temple graduate Jack Chin has recently joined Quinn Evans in Washington DC as a senior architect.  He has extensive experience in educational, mixed-use, and residential projects, as well as urban design. In the Washington metropolitan area, his recent work includes planning and design for a new 200,000-square-foot secondary school in the Rosslyn community for Arlington Public Schools. In New York City, Jack served as project designer for the award-winning Abraham Joshua Heschel School, a nine-story private school on the Upper West Side for early childhood and middle school students. His experience in educational facility projects also includes a master plan and concept design for a new boarding school in Shanghai, China.

      In his new role with Quinn Evans Architects, Jack will be involved in the modernization of Stratford Middle School in Arlington, Virginia, a major renovation and expansion of the historic building that will transform the school into a modern learning environment for 1,300 students. The school was built in 1950 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to this, Jack will also join the Quinn Evans Architects project team for upgrades to the Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Washington, D.C.

      Q: What program and what year did you graduate from?

      A: Bachelor of Architecture 1999

      Q: What was the first position you took after graduation?

      A: Junior design person at Dan Peter Kopple & Associates (now called TranSystems)

      Q: How did Tyler Architecture prepare you for your current position at Quinn Evans?

      A: My education in the architecture program was instrumental in preparing me for future work in the field, including at Quinn Evans. It provided the foundation every architect and designer needs to succeed. What many people do not realize is exactly how much you tend to learn but not realize until much later in your life and career. My experiences at Temple University were full of information integral to my development as an architect.

      Q: What career goals did you have as a student at Temple, and how have they changed?

      A: To be honest, I was so busy as a student, it was hard to concentrate on the next steps in life until the very end of the last year. I was so new that my only real goal was to successfully land a job. Of course, since then, my career goals have evolved. My career has currently taken me towards the education market sector and that is where I see myself moving forward.

      Q: What one piece of advice would you give a current undergraduate student?

      A: To not be limited in your creativity. Once you graduate and go out into the real world, there will be many different pressures and responsibilities that may put a damper on creativity. But while in school, you can be free and be as open minded as you want. I urge students to realize that and do not limit themselves on any design idea or opportunity.

      Q: What do you wish you had taken advantage of while at Temple?

      A: Student life. As you know, an architecture student is much different than any other major and requires a lot of time and effort. Unfortunately, that takes the student away from certain other things that make college so special. Being able to participate in those activities just a bit more would have been great!

       

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    Angela DiPrima and Michael Nelson Bucci

    • Website:G-Space Design
    • A husband and wife team, both graduates of Temple Architecture design and build at both the large and small scale actively pursuing architecture in the framework of crafted design in their Design Build firm G-Space.

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    Rob Fleming

      In 2000, Rob co-founded with Chris Pastore, the Engineering and Design Institute @ Philadelphia University, an interdisciplinary research center focusing on green materials, sustainable design and community outreach. Funded by a grant from the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, the center develops new green materials, serves as a resource for firms seeking to design green buildings and provides community outreach initiatives such as the Sustainable Design Resource Library. In 2006, The Institute, in partnership with The Green Building Alliance formed the Pennsylvania Green Growth Partnership, a multi-university and non-profit consortium focused on green building technologies, materials and design. In 2004, Professor Fleming and Chris Pastore received the Pennsylvania Resource Council's "Leadership in Green Building Award." And in 2007 a Philadelphia Sustainability Award  from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.  In 2008, the Institute received Delaware Valley Green Building Council's, "Leadership in Green Building Award."

      Rob is currently working on a book: Design Education for a Sustainable Future to be published by Routledge/earthscan in early 2013.

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    Eric Corey Freed

    • Website:organicARCHITECT
    • organicARCHITECT is the office of Eric Corey Freed, LEED AP, Hon. FIGP, a licensed architect (California, New Mexico, Arizona), and a recognized pioneer in the tradition of Organic Architecture, first developed by Frank Lloyd Wright. A lifetime proponent of individualism and sustainability.

      Eric is the author of four books, including "Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies", a best seller with over 200,000 copies in print, and "Sustainable School Architecture." His latest, “Green$ense for your Home” won the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

  • Keith Hartwig

    Keith Hartwig

      Keith Hartwig is an architect who is proficient in research, pre-design conceptualization, digital and hand drafting, digital and manual fabrication, animation, rendering, photography, and post-processing. His work has been shown in venues such as the Rochester Contemporary Art Center and the Museum of Modern Art. He earned his BArch degree from Temple University, where his work earned the ARCC/King Medal, the DaVinci Thesis Prize, and the Diener Brick Award. Hartwig lives and works in Philadelphia.

      Interviewed by Saumon Oboudiyat, BS Arch'15

      What program and what year did you graduate from?
      5 Year Bachelor of Architecture program

      What was the first position you took after graduation?

      Straight out of college I worked as an assistant artist for Bradley Pitts in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. For 2 years, 3 days a week, I commuted back and forth between Greenpoint  and Philadelphia on MegaBus. I showered in a sink and spent half my nights sleeping on an air mattress in an unheated / un-air-conditioned loft.
      Pitts describes his work as “a form of ontological research in which the 'empty', and therefore the 'real', are at stake.” Pitts goal is to “restore science and technology to a place where they can be used to investigate philosophical questions and subjective realities.” I assisted Pitts in the prototyping and scripting phase of the Yearlight Calendar (now for sale at the Guggenheim and Cooper Hewitt) and the creation of Singular Oscillations variable-gravity flight simulator exhibited at UC Riverside. Pitts taught me what it means to be an artist, how to market yourself, how to find projects, and most importantly, how to approach every project with unrelenting criticality and craftsmanship. He challenged me to go beyond surface, form and the purely visual in order to embrace the totality of subjective experience.

      Tell me about what you are doing today?

      Last semester I began teaching as an assistant adjunct professor in the Architecture Department. In November 2014 I was selected by the Temple Gallery (through the Tyler School of Art) to work with Paula Scher (principal designer from Pentagram in NYC) for the Temple Contemporary Distinguished Alumni program. The 6 month long program will culminate in a dual exhibit of Paula’s work and my work on May 8th in the Temple Gallery. (Stay tuned for the press release!) I also work mostly full time as a designer and project manager for Veyko Metal Fabrication & Design in Philadelphia, PA.

      How did Tyler Architecture prepare you for this?

      The 5 year B.Arch program gave me a unique perspective on design, pushing me to think about architecture in unconventional ways. My thesis project, titled Machine Touristique, was a critical moment of discovery in my design education. The project investigated the effect of spatial design on our perception of experience. I began by analyzing the effects of extreme environments, such as low Earth orbit and the lunar surface, on the human body and mind. Working through maps, vignettes and narrative I explored the consequences of design on the body and its environment, and how design can become a mediation and extension of human experience into its surroundings. In this way architecture and design became dynamic and integral to the larger narrative of subjective experience. Exploring the envelope of experience through narrative devices and vignettes is implicit in my current work.

      Special thanks goes out to Jeremy Voorhees and the rest of the professors that taught my thesis class.

      How did you get where you are today?

      Some people refer to it as 'Hustling'. I like to think its perseverance and having passion for what you do. Also, surrounding yourself with talented and supportive people, who believe in what you’re doing, and aren’t afraid to tell you when you’re off track.

      What one piece of advice would you give a current undergraduate student?

      Always pursue your interests, and don’t be afraid to buck convention. Also, when thinking about working on a project, reach out to others who are like minded, but can approach the project from a unique angle. Part of what contributes to the diversity of my portfolio comes from my willingness and eagerness to work with people from other professional backgrounds. I’ve collaborated with musicians, scientists, engineers, graphic designers and curators. In this way every project is unique, challenging, and opens your eyes to new ways of dealing with issues of space, design and planning.

      What do you wish you had taken advantage of while at Temple?

      I wish I had taken more art intensive courses at Tyler. While I was enrolled at Temple the Tyler School of Art was run out of the Ambler Campus. The physical distance between Tyler and Main Campus unfortunately created a psychological / communal barrier between the Architecture program and the rest of Tyler. Today students in all Tyler programs have the added benefit of being in the same physical space, sharing resources, and hopefully as a result, can create a tight knit interdisciplinary community.
       

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    Alec Higinbotham

      Alec grew up in a small town in Southern New Jersey, only an hour outside of Philadelphia. Though always enjoying drawing and model making as a child, he describes his decision to study architecture as “a leap of faith.” Before pursuing his Masters at Temple, Alec received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He enjoyed breaking out of the small town bubble and immersing himself in the big city atmosphere, which he saw as a great setting for studying architecture. During his undergraduate years, Alec had the opportunity to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain for a semester. He credits this experience as one that transformed his idea of design and culture and the world around us.

      Alec’s experiences in Washington, D.C., Barcelona, and Philadelphia have helped shape many of his design perspectives, and sees himself continuing his career in one of these cities.

      What program and what year did you graduate from? 

      I graduated from Temple University in 2012 with a Master of Architecture degree. I was part of the first graduate class following Temple's transition to a 4+2 year program.

      What was the first position you took after graduation?

      My first full-time position following graduation was as an architectural designer at a single-office residential firm in Alexandria, VA. Given the fact that it was a small office, I was fortunate to have a lot of one-on-one face time with the managing Principal so I learned a lot about the profession almost immediately. We primarily used Autodesk Revit for document production, and the managing Principal was equally interested in technology and pushing the boundaries of Revit as a design tool, so we had a lot of fun with that.

      Tell me about what you are doing today?

      My experience following graduation was a somewhat unique one. I wanted to make a point of experiencing different aspects of the profession and different building typologies very early on in my career so I could find the path I was most interested in pursuing long-term. I moved on from the residential firm after a period of time to work as an architectural designer at a firm specializing in healthcare design. The firm, Array Architects, provided me with many opportunities to pursue my passions for design and technology, and I found myself becoming even more intrigued by the concept of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Autodesk Revit. After some time, I moved on from Array Architects to work as a BIM consultant at a technology company. In my role as a consultant, I traveled in and around the Washington DC area working with different design firms to build Revit standards and templates, in addition to training them on how to use the software. After some time, an opportunity opened up at Array Architects and I made the decision to "boomerang" back to the firm. Currently, I work for Array Architects as BIM Manager, provided training support for our 8 national offices in addition to providing project-based support and best practice recommendations for design technology.   

      How did Tyler Architecture prepare you for this?

      Tyler Architecture prepared me for my "winding" career trajectory thus far in a lot of different ways. The lowest-hanging fruit is that my education at Tyler provided me with many of the technical skills needed for moving into the profession, but I believe it was much more than that. One of the greatest benefits an architectural education offers is that it trains us to think "outside of the box" in a really conceptual way, but also forces us to challenge our common conceptions of the world around us. I believe Tyler Architecture really excels at that aspect of architectural education.   

      How did you get where you are today?

      Although my career trajectory following graduation from Tyler Architecture is somewhat unconventional, I think I've arrived where I am today by taking risks. The firms I hopped around from were all great places to work, and there was never a guarantee that my next employer would be just as great, but I've wanted to experience as much as possible early in my career so I could really understand where I fit best. In a way, I think the whole process has been one of self-discovery. Fortunately, it has worked in my favor and I've been able to experience different aspects of the industry and come to a point where I can truly explore my passions at the intersection of design and technology.   

      What one piece of advice would you give a current undergraduate student?

      Regardless of your major or professional focus, the most important thing you can do is play to your own strengths. Everyone has something they excel at, and I don't think I've ever interacted with someone who is a master at everything they do. You may not know what your strength is yet while you are still in school, but that's okay - it will come with time and experience!   

      What do you wish you had taken advantage of while at Temple?

      The food trucks! But, in all seriousness, the things I didn't take advantage of enough while at Temple were extracurricular activities and community involvement. I was a commuter graduate student working part-time, so it was a bit more challenging to find those opportunities; but, I really wish I had made more of an effort to do so because I think they are a great way to meet new people and round out your education.  

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    Matthew Hoey

      Matthew Hoey is an architect and product designer in New York and teaches at Parson; The New School for Design. Hoey made history in 1996 when he designed the Corian Lounge Chair, the first fauteuil made of the Dupont material most commonly used for kitchen countertops. His newest creation is a polycarbonate chair, a futuristic take on a 19th-century Thonet rocker that combines a clear plastic seat with curvaceous gilded arms and legs. When he's not designing chairs, Hoey is hunting for them—for inspiration. He especially loves the collectible Contour Chair that he recently rescued from the trash and a 1938 steel office chair by Ironrite that he picked up for just $1.25 at the Children's Home of Easton Thrift Store.

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    Greg Jones

      Mr. Jones is the principal in charge for the new Santander Bank Headquarters Tower in Monterrey and for two other projects in Mexico, both in San Pedro: Sofia, an office and luxury residential tower, and Silica, which includes the master plan for a 25- ​acre mixed-​use urban village and the design of an office tower, two retail podiums and pedestrian arcade. He is also the principal in charge for Porta Nuova Garibaldi, the largest commercial development in Europe. The project comprises the master plan for a major mixed-​use development north of Milan’s city center and the design of its three primary office towers, retail podium and a new central piazza. The development’s signature office tower is the tallest in Italy.

      In Asia, Mr. Jones has led the design teams for the International Finance Centre, the tallest tower in Hong Kong; the NHK Osaka Broadcast Center and Osaka Museum of History; and Atago Green Hills, which includes the Forest residential tower and the Mori office tower in Tokyo; and the NTT Corporate Headquarters and showroom, also in Tokyo.

      In the U.S., Mr. Jones has led projects including ARIA Hotel & Casino, which includes a 4,000-room hotel, and a convention center, theater, casino and restaurants in Las Vegas. ARIA is the centerpiece of CityCenter, the largest private-​sector development in the United States. He has also led the design team for 516 Fifth Avenue, a hotel and residential tower in New York; and for office towers including 30 Hudson Street in Jersey City, 1500 Louisiana in Houston, 181 West Madison in Chicago, and 777 Tower in Los Angeles.

  • Greg Kochanowski

      Greg Kochanowski (B.S. Arch '93) has been promoted to Principal at Rios Clementi Hale Studios in Los Angeles, CA. He joined the firm in 2007 and combines the techniques and strategies of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design to create forward-thinking environments. He was a recipient of the prestigious Young Architects Forum Award from the Architectural League of New York. He is currently senior lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design. From 1993 to 2013, he held several positions as a lecturer, faculty, and adjunct faculty member at various institutions, including the University of California, Los Angeles; Southern California Institute of Architecture; Woodbury University; and the Boston Architectural Center. Rios Clementi Hale Studios has earned an international reputation for its collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach, establishing an award-winning tradition across an unprecedented range of design disciplines. Since 1985, the architects, landscape architects, planners, and urban, interior, exhibit, graphic, and product designers at Rios Clementi Hale Studios have been creating buildings, places, and products that are thoughtful, effective, and beautiful.

      What program and what year did you graduate from?
      1993 B.S. in Architecture

      What was the first position you took after graduation?
      After graduating, I moved back to Boston and took a position at a small, single-person firm doing high-end residential work. I also started teaching undergraduate studios at the Boston Architectural Center. The initial job only lasted a year, and then, I moved to a medium-sized commercially oriented firm, but kept teaching until I moved to Los Angeles, CA, in 1997.

      Tell me about what you are doing today?
      Currently, I’m a Principal at Rios Clementi Hale Studios, an award-winning, multi-disciplinary firm located in Los Angeles. We take on a wide range of project types of varying scales and complexities from architecture to landscape, urban design to interiors, graphic to product design. I’m also a Senior Lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design. My studios at Otis are along a similar vein as my professional work, focusing on the synthesis of architecture, landscape, and urbanism.

      How did Tyler Architecture prepare you for this?
      When I went to Temple, the Architecture department was aligned with the School of Engineering, not the School of Art. When I entered, I really had no idea what it meant to be an architect. I mean, I knew in the general sense—constructing buildings, etc.—but not the design or conceptual underpinnings. I was fortunate enough to have some great instructors, who not only opened my eyes to the likes of Rossi, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Venturi, Eisenman, Kahn, Le Corbusier, Libeskind, and the like, but also instilled in me a rigor and intensity of working that I carry to this day. Architecture is a tough profession, and you have to really love it. The program at Temple brought out that passion in me, and allowed me to see architecture not as merely a profession, but as a way of living and thinking.

      How did you get where you are today?
      That’s a long story. In short, as with most things, it’s a combination of luck, hard work, being true to your values, keeping clear goals in mind, and letting life take you in directions you didn’t expect. I moved to Los Angeles in 1997 to go to grad school at UCLA. I chose L.A. because it is so different from the East Coast, and I wanted a new experience. After graduating in 1999, I went to work for a former professor of mine, who was primarily interested in issues relating to architecture and urbanism. We entered a competition, in collaboration with Rios Associates (the former name of Rios Clementi Hale Studios), for the Fresh Kills landfill, located in Staten Island, NY. I was the lead designer on the project, and, as the project was primarily landscape, this was a big shift for me. But I fell in love with it, and realized that issues relating to landscape were inextricably connected to those of architecture and urbanism. It also introduced me to Mark Rios, who, although I would not join his firm for another seven years, became a person I started to watch, and that I admire to this day. In the interim, I worked for Hodgetts + Fung, an important critically oriented firm in the L.A. community. Craig Hodgetts is a virtuoso with an eccentric mind and an ability to make connections and take chances outside of mainstream conversations. We built some great projects while I was there, and I still carry those sensibilities with me today.

      All this time, I was also pursuing my own work through competitions and the occasional freelance project. I started to get some notoriety, and was fortunate enough to be awarded the Young Architects Award from the Architectural League of New York. During this time, I was also teaching at UCLA, SCi-Arc, Woodbury University, and participating on juries across the country (essentially, where I had friends). Teaching became—and still is—an important part of my thinking about architecture. There’s nothing like having to explain ideas to someone, or give a critique, to help you clarify your own thinking. Also, I love seeing that spark in a student’s eye when he/she sees the world in a new way, or connects with a part of themselves that might be dormant. In 2006, my wife and I had a daughter. My wife had to leave her job and I wasn’t making enough to support all of us. So, I took a position at HOK—solely for the money. It’s the only time that I’ve taken a job for the money, and it will be the last. I was only there for six months when I received a call from a friend of mine (the HR director) at Rios Clementi Hale Studios. They needed a senior-level person, and they were a perfect match with my interest in the synthesis of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. I haven’t looked back since, and nine years later, I was made a Principal at the firm.

      What one piece of advice would you give a current undergraduate student?
      Be true to yourself and think big, but also embrace failure. It’s typically a bad word, and discouraged, but really the only way you learn is to try, and try again. Architecture is a practice dependent on artifacts, drawings, models (digital and physical), full-size mockups, and sketches. It’s only through this active engagement with the work (making and doing) that you’ll get anywhere. In addition to this, you should absorb as much information as you can by reading, looking at precedents, going to lectures and exhibitions, and actively talking among yourselves. Give each other critiques, and don’t be afraid to take criticism or dish it out.

      What do you wish you had taken advantage of while at Temple?
      At the time I was at Temple, I wish there was a more direct connection with Tyler School of Art. I took multiple classes in printmaking, which helped me shape some of the ideas I was exploring in architecture, but being more immersed, and adjacent to the art department, would have been great.
       

       

  • Marc Krawitz

    Marc Krawitz

      Interviewed by Veronica Ayala Flores, BS Arch’16

       

      Q-What program and what year did you graduate from?

      Bachelors of Architecture, 2012.

      Q-What was the first position you took after graduation?

      I became a designer at the architecture firm Austin + Mergold.

      Q-Tell me about what you are doing today?

      I recently started a new job at another architecture firm, Ballinger, as a designer. Basically it's a lot different than what I was doing when I finished my three and a half years at Austin + Mergold. There I was not just kind of a draftsmen, but I managed a lot of projects and I was a lot more involved in the design process. I was also finishing up Revolution Taco, a restaurant on 20th and Walnut, where I was doing the bulk of the work myself, and was really involved in detailing and overseeing construction.

      After winning the Stewardson Fellowship and traveling, I knew I needed a new job, and didn't want to move laterally in my career, which is why I decided to move on to a big office instead of pursuing work at another smaller office. Right now I’m working on a laboratory, which has a lot more factors involved in it than the smaller scale projects I was working on. I’m interested in learning much more about how involved and potentially more intense the design process is when it comes to the systems complex projects like the one's that Ballinger works on.

      Q-How did Tyler Architecture prepare you for this?

      I like to say that when I graduated from Temple I felt ready to learn how to become an architect. My preparation ended up impacting the projects I worked on in the sense that I didn't necessarily feel like I could do a wall section, but I could understand the relationships between drawings really well. The technical knowledge I have is basically what I learned from working, but it wouldn't be much good unless I had a more holistic understanding of design. I’m glad that I didn’t have a completely technical education because I think that having a broader range of experiences makes for better designers, instead of just better technicians. That's why I really value the theoretical education that I had, which I find useful on regular basis, since it’s in service keeping the bigger picture or idea in perspective.

      Q-How did you get where you are today?

      I was having lunch with a friend of mine at work today and was telling them that after three and a half years I felt like at my last job my knowledge became good enough that I could handle most design problems that the office could throw at me. I started a few weeks ago, and I have gone all the way back to square one. In a transition to a new job you basically have try to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible. I might not know the working process of the office, and it is difficult to learn how they do things when I already learned how to do them a whole other way. I constantly have to ask my coworkers how things work. But that’s the whole point! To learn! If you’re not learning something then it's easy to stagnate.

      Q-What one piece of advice would you give a current undergraduate student?

      I always valued self criticism. I think as a student, it is the one thing that pushes you to the next level because you do something and look at it and say “this is good.” Well, why is it good? Why is what you did applicable? What are the arguments against it? When students are more self critical I think they push themselves more.

      Q-What do you wish you had taken advantage of while at Temple?

      Well, I don't typically have a lot of regrets about my time at Temple, but I probably should have talked to more people - professors in the general sense, and others that could have challenged what I was working on. This can certainly be really helpful for cross disciplinary research as you get into the higher levels of education - to reach out to other people and say, “Hey, I’m doing such and such a project and it hinges on this idea that you know a lot about.” Like if I go to the philosophy department, a faculty considered really knowledgeable in philosophical aesthetics, and go to them and say, "Hey, I don’t know a lot about hermeneutics, but can you teach me about how people interpret art?” I felt like I didn't do that enough. One time in Comprehensive Design Studio I was designing a laboratory and called and talked to a doctor from Infectious Diseases at Temple. He was really helpful, but I wish I had asked if could have come in and see one of the labs at the medical school. If I had engaged him further, I would have had the opportunity to learn more about the spaces I was actually trying to design.

  • Nando Micale

    Nando Micale

      Nando is an architect, planner and urban designer, with decades of experience in transforming our country's cities through the design of vital, sustainable neighborhoods. His work includes city-wide urban design plans, design of waterfront communities, suburban smart growth strategies, transit-oriented development, and urban infill projects. Nando is one of the nation's leading professionals in the design of mixed-income neighborhoods, with successful HOPE VI communities in 12 states—totaling nearly 10,000 new homes. He has helped cities win a half billion dollars in competitive Federal funds and is currently working with cities to position their plans for HUD's Choice Neighborhoods Grant Program.

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    Martina Plag

      Martina Plag creates puppetry for adult audiences to address contemporary issues and advocate social change and awareness. She is German-born and practiced architecture for ten years before pursuing her love of puppetry.

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    David Riz

      David Riz has been with Kieran Timberlake since 1999. He currently oversees a range of projects in the United States and abroad including the Northwest Campus Student Housing at UCLA, Yale-NUS College in Singapore, and the Michener Art Museum expansion in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

      He has been responsible for a range of award-winning projects including 1315 Hill Street Apartments, Durham Academy Lower School, Loblolly House, West Campus Residential Initiative at Cornell University, and Cellophane House for the Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art.

      David is a contributing writer at Interior Magazine in Taiwan and his critical writing is featured in architectural journals including the University of Pennsylvania's VIA and the Norwegian Review of Architecture. David is a frequent guest lecturer, appearing at numerous colleges and universities, AIA Chapters and national conferences including Syracuse University, Pratt Institute, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and AIA Dallas. He has served on national design juries including the 2009 AIA Gold Medal and Architecture Firm Award. 

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