29 September, 2009

What will you miss most about Princeton, Claudia, one of Michaela's zees, asked me today at dinner. The Forbes Dining hall is an amazing place because you meet so many people; you go there to have a quick meal and exit an hour later having had dessert, ice cream and coffee.

I will miss most the people here. In a sense I have already left Princeton. It happened when the people I was close to graduated, and now I sometimes feel like a stranger here. But it's also new and exciting in a different way.

I will also miss the fact that Princeton makes you feel like you're the center of the world, with so many resources at your fingertips - so many opportunities. And soon I'll be thrust out into the real world.

That is why I am so eager to get into graduate school. The other reason is that I love architecture and I want to be an architect.

Architecture Graduate Schools

I saw this poster in the Architecture building and I love it. I was not really planning to apply to MIT, expecting it to be a very science and math place but I really want to check out their Open House now! The next few weeks will be spent filling out forms, asking for recommendations, putting together my portfolio and writing essays about myself. It takes me back to high school days, and life seems like one test after another. But it's interesting right now and I'll try to keep it interesting.

27 September, 2009

The Beginning of the End

Senior year has begun and is in full swing. I'm excited for my last studio at Princeton, a thrilling project that analyzes "stacking" in architecture, and how it's articulated in form and program. We've started off by looking at previous examples and I've got the Villa Savoye, one of my favorite buildings!

I stepped on a meticulously constructed study model from last semester, just for fun, and was surprised to see the result, both in terms of the form produced (it looks like OMA's Seattle Public Library) and the structural strength and pliability. In the background is some preliminary work on the Villa Savoye.

In other news, I am applying to Architecture graduate schools!