When did you first realize that you wanted to be an architect?
I first realized during my freshman year, when I took studio as an Architectural Engineering major. Studio was fun, and calculus was not. Long story short.
Do you have a favorite building? Favorite architecture style?
My favorite building is Segerstrom Hall in Irvine, CA. I don’t have a favorite style, my preferences in architecture have more to do with the building program and detailing. I like interesting details, and any building designed in form and function to foster creativity. That being said, I am very interested in adapting really old buildings to be used for new things.
Do you have a favorite architect, one that inspires you or one that you aspire to be like?
My favorite architect is Luis Barragan, because I love his use of color. I think the world should be more colorful.
What kind of projects would you like to work on?
I want to design theaters and performance spaces. I think they are the most fun to be in and to design, and they can form amazing emotional connections and also function as a blank slate at the same time.
What is your favorite part of a structure to design?
I like designing lighting in interior spaces.
What inspires you outside of the architecture world, and does it influence your perception of architecture?
I’m most inspired by works of fiction - theater, film, literature - and works of art like music and photography. They influence my perception of everything and I fancy myself more as a storyteller than an architect.