For the majority of my life I was set on becoming a pilot. I dreamt of flying open cockpit biplanes in loops and dives, of flying over clouds while watching the sunset, of watching the world below me. I dreamt of designing planes that didn’t look like ugly buses, that where functional yet beautiful.
Not until the summer before my junior year, when I was in ground school studying for my license, did I realize flying for a living was not for me. I wanted to fly for the feeling. I wanted to fly for the idea. I realized I preferred looking at cross sections of old planes, or photographs of the sun reflecting off their wings, than studying the physics of air movement.
This dream I had held for as long as I could remember was gone. I needed to find my true interests.
In shop class at school, we were given an assignment to draft and build a scale model of our dream house. Most people hated the whole process, but I found I actually enjoyed the tediousness of it all.
That summer I attended the InsideArchitecture + Design Studio program at Virginia Tech and was exhilarated by the whole experience. Going into it, I had no idea if design was for me. Coming out, I couldn’t stop sharing my excitement with others. The atmosphere that was created by the instructors, the students, the projects, and even the building was addictive.
Now, I am inspired every day by new ideas and atmospheres provided by my surroundings. The function, the beauty, the feel, the atmosphere all inspire.
It is my hope to inspire others through my own design.