“Will you leave the world in nicer shape than you found it?” That’s the question I try to answer for myself every day.
As a transplant from St. Petersburg, Russia, I grew up seeing great buildings all around me. So with my penchant for drawing and having an architect for a mother, it seems that my venture into the profession was inevitable. I spent high school tucked away in the fine arts corridor, and soon had the grades and portfolio that earned me a scholarship at the University of Texas at Arlington.
At UTA, I learned to see and assemble the bones of good architecture. Long nights of work showed me that good projects are forged by diligence. I also served as a member and Vice-President of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students. But best of all, it’s through UTA that I met the friends who showed me that architecture is about people.
In my free time, I enjoy fixing things, using the table saw, finding pathways that people aren’t expected to take, and above all, drawing. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I couldn’t imagine a concept, and then make my mark—make it real. It’s because of this that I am excited to enter the architecture profession with GSBS, and to help our clients improve the built environment of Texas and beyond.
• American Institute of Architecture Students
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