Why did you study Architecture?
It gives us an opportunity and responsibility: to shape and influence the world in which we live, instead of the world shaping us and our lives.
My architect hero?
Peter Zumthor: “In order to design buildings with a sensuous connection to life, one must think in a way that goes far beyond form and construction.”
My two favorite buildings?
Islamischer Friedhof / Bernardo Bader architects: This special Islamic cemetery is in the Alpine region of Austria. One interesting thing about this building is the interlacing of interior and exterior space as you move through it. The façade is penetrated by a long horizontal opening, slightly glazed with a carved oak frame in a geometric Islamic pattern. The sunlight shines through this frame on the floor leaving a special shadow, which makes walking through the entrance area particularly charming.
Bruder Klaus Field Chapel / Peter Zumthor: The main thing that attracts me to this building is how Zumthor plays with your feeling and senses… when you enter the chapel from a nice warm sunny field all your senses sharpen. You have a feeling like you just entered a different space, different dimension. You feel cold and frightened and can feel and smell burned wood. Also you get to appreciate the thought behind it and its design.
Other than creating my own architectural studio with two of my friends, I would like to make an animated movie something in the style of Hayao Miyazaki.
Favorite San Diego experience?
Sunset at Coronado beach. The colors were unbelievable, sand which looked like gold, waves crashing. It felt like being in a fairyland.
I plan on finishing my graduate thesis and then we’ll see.