Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - May/June 2014 - (Page 13)

MY LIFE AS AN ARCHITECT six Weeks at Cornell by Aaron Collier I  WaS On a CrOSS-COUnTrY TrIP WITh MY FaMILY, and we were driving into the Rocky Mountains when I saw it: a house built into the side of a mountain. Actually, it was more than a house. It was a majestic three-story mansion with a beautiful terrace overlooking the mountain. "Whoa!" was all I could say as we drove by. I was nine years old, and I knew right then that I wanted to create structures that would have the same effect on people as that house had on me. SHutteRStoCk I had actually been interested in architecture since I was about six years old, when I saw an episode of Tom & Jerry in which Tom draws blueprints for a mousetrap. I loved the idea of drawing blueprints and seeing something get built from them. I played with Legos a lot when I was young, too, making my own buildings before moving on to Lego Architecture kits. I remember carefully piecing the White house together and standing back to marvel at what I thought was one of the greatest architectural achievements in history. surveying the Field As I grew older I continued to pursue this interest, reading books and researching famous architects ranging from James hoban, the architect who designed the White house, to Bjarke Ingels, my favorite contemporary architect. I watched lectures online of architects explaining what architecture was to them so that I might understand what architecture was to me. In high school, I started researching summer programs that could give me a hands-on experience with architecture. The summer after 10th grade, I attended ArcStart, the three-week summer architecture program at the University of Michigan. I chose this program primarily because Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture has some of the best architectural technology in the country, and I wanted to see it in action. The 3D modeling technology I saw there was incredible. In the Digital fabrication Lab were several 3D printers-and this was imagine 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - May/June 2014

Big Picture
In My Own Words
Imagine, Design, Build
A Schematic of the Possible
My Life as an Architect
Blueprint for the Future
DesertSol: A Model of Sustainability
Across Space and Time
The Art of Summer
Selected Opportunities & Resources
A Digital Canvas
Rising to the Technovation Challenge
Off the Shelf
Word Wise
Exploring Career Options
One Step Ahead
Planning Ahead for College
Students Review
Creative Minds Imagine
Mark Your Calendar
Knossos Games

Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - May/June 2014