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June 27, 2018

Meet Madi

Chloe Spiess

Why did you study Architecture?

I became interested in the field of architecture because of the unique combination of engineering and arts, and how problem solving was critical to everyday work. Along with the problem-solving aspect, I love architecture because you can better your community on a broad scale with intelligent and innovative design. 

My architect hero?

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. “The strength of good design lies in ourselves and in our ability to perceive the world with both emotion and reason.”

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My two favorite buildings?


I’ll pick an old and a new: Cattedrale di Santa Maria Del Fiore (Il Duomo) Florence, Italy and The Broad Museum, Los Angeles, California. 


Your Favorite Foods?

It’s hard to beat a burrito, it’s even portable. Second to almost all Mexican food, I love sushi. It isn’t nearly as portable as the trusty burrito, but anything with shrimp tempura will be high on my list. 

Top songs on my mp3 player? 

“River” by Leon Bridges, “Mango Tree” by Zac Brown Band, “Broken Halos” by Chris Stapleton, and “Lost In My Mind” by The Head and the Heart


If I could live inside a work of art, I would choose…

Dynamism of A Soccer Player by Umberto Boccioni, 1913.
This painting is bright, colorful, energetic, unexpected, controversial, and futuristic. Plus, it involves soccer (as I am from a huge soccer-loving family and have played since before I can remember), so who wouldn’t want to live that life?


Secret ambition?

I want to backpack through Patagonia, explore Iceland, or just about any experience to be surrounded by untouched nature. 


Favorite San Diego experience?

Water coloring the sunset at Sunset Cliffs, Point Loma. Add in a guitar, grapes, and good friends to make it even more unforgettable. 


What’s next?

Finishing my Bachelor of Architecture, then working towards licensure... with a few camping trips along the way.

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