Why did you choose ISoA to study architecture?
I chose ISoA because the school offers many flexibility within the field of architecture. The various courses allow you to design your education if desired. Whether you want to specialize in structures, technology, urbanism, sustainability and/or preservation, you have options.
Are you glad that you did? Why/why not?
I am glad that I chose ISoA because I can focus on architecture, structures and construction management all at the same time. My goal is to become a master builder, and I believe this is one of the best school for it.
Is there a particular area/topic of architecture that you’re interested in?
My area of interest is in technology, performance, structure and constructability aspects of architecture. I am a very detail oriented individual, and I enjoy learning about how a building comes together.
"Whether you want to specialize in structures, technology, urbanism, sustainability and/or preservation, you have options" - Top Nasueb
What did you do this past summer?
I worked on a high-rise Judicial Courthouse during my summer internship at Wight and Company, and I traveled to Italy for a summer architectural design workshop in Volterra. Also, I visited Greece for a personal study of the Acropolis in Athens and Akrotiri in Santorini.
Do you feel like ISoA is preparing you for a career in architecture?
A lot of what you do in the professional world will be different from school. However, ISoA does an excellent job in exposing me with the basic knowledge of what I will need in my professional career.
If you could change one thing about your architecture education, what would it be?
I wish there were more collaboration with different departments. Creating a building requires various experts from different fields, and it is important to learn how to communicate and coordinate tasks with different people.
What part of the country/world would you like to work once you graduate?
Because I grew up in a warm climate zone, I would like to work in states such as California, Texas, New Mexico, and Florida.
What one piece of advice would you give to current freshman architecture student? What do you wish you knew that you know now?
Take risks. I believe one of the best ways to challenge yourself is to take risks, and doing it during one's undergraduate years is the perfect time. Once you are a graduate student, it is very challenging to propose “crazy ideas.. It is not because you are prohibited, but rather, because there are more parameters to follow.
"One of the best ways to challenge yourself is to take risks, and doing it during one's undergraduate years is the perfect time" - Top Nasueb
What one thing would you recommend that would improve the life of being a student in the school of architecture?
Studio along with other courses will be challenging and demanding. It is important to relax and do fun activities once in a while. Work hard, play hard.
Did you have a favorite professor from a previous semester? Who was it and why?
I have to note Professor Sudarshan Krishnan for his comedic performance in structure classes. He made the topic a lot more interesting with his cheesy jokes. He is probably the only professor that remembers my long and complicated real name. Also, Professor Randy Deutsch deserves recognition. Everyone knows his undergraduate classes are extremely early and dry, but he always shows up prepare, very enthusiastic, and very animated.
Anything else you’d like us to know about you?
I am a Graduate Teaching Assistant, and the new Treasurer for the Gargoyle Honors Society. I am currently pursuing my dual Masters in Architecture and Civil Engineering: Construction Management. Also, I am a townie that went to Urbana Middle School, Urbana High School, UIUC Undergrad, and UIUC Grad.