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11/12/18

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Tiara Hughes: Distinguished Member, November 2018

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HOW DID YOU FIRST LEARN ABOUT ARCHITECTURE AND WHEN DID YOU DECIDE THAT IT WAS AN AREA OF INTEREST FOR YOU?

When I was in elementary school, I was placed in a gifted arts program. Every year the students in this program produced art for a holiday fundraiser to sell at their art show. The proceeds would go toward the money raised to purchase holiday gifts for ALL the students in the school. In the 3rd grade, I decided to try different mediums and a variety of images – it was then that I realized I was particularly gifted and passionate about drawing buildings. Later that same year I saw blueprints for the first time – astonished, I was able to put two and two together that those drawings represented the footprint of a building. I knew from there I was destined to be the person designing buildings and producing those blueprints. A year later in fourth grade I learned the term architect – the same passion and excitement I had when I first laid eyes on blueprints is still within me.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I currently serve as a Senior Urban Designer for SOM which enables me to focus on the overarching concepts of complex problems and having an impact on a much larger scale.

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