Moving from India to United Arab Emirates for my schooling made me to experience the innumerable kind of spaces. The dynamism and the vigor in the design made me to feel the diversity of spaces over the years I have been through. This triggered my interest in architecture and I knew that architecture would be part of my life. As my sister was preparing for National Aptitude test for architecture, the study was more of my interest. To be frank, I was an average student in school but I was one of the top scorer in the National Aptitude Test for Architecture exam, thus giving me an enhancement to learn more about a subject which I like and thrive upon and making me design spaces which creates experience to the users and learn more about architecture.
This experience gave me a completely different perspective on how to perceive spaces. I completed my internship bagging the principles, ideas and philosophy left behind by Laurie Baker. Upon graduating, I commenced working for Venkatramanan Associates, a firm that specialises in architecture and urban design, in Bangalore, India. Under the supervision of an urban designer, I worked on redevelopment of Church Street in Bangalore. I gained tremendous knowledge in this process that drew together the many strands of place-making required to create a public space that prioritizes the comfort and safety of pedestrians and
In 2009 when I was at high school, I bought a book titled “Human, Nature and Architecture” by Nazanin Golparvar Fard (2009; 1388 In Persian) which I found later was a textbook in bachelor’s course. The title itself attracted my attention and its content developed my interest toward nature- inspired architecture. However, Nature of Human was what I realized as a core factor and central goal of effective designs. It should be noted that I never understood these facts until I entered the Islamic Azad University of west Tehran Branch as a student of architecture. During past 4 years, Architectural Design I-V courses were all attractive to me and I put most of my time studying them.
I used to take a break watching National geographic channel, I still remember it was the construction of “Palm Island” in progress (2007) and I was in my 9th grade. I was kind of fascinated by the synchronized laborious work of manpower and technology. This day I wanted to be involved in something that would give magnificent satisfaction when I make beautiful environments on earth. Soon I realised it was architecture, where I could just close my eyes and run my fingers while my wings flying and finally getting all those tiny captivating things in my mind on a piece of paper. It’s just magical.
Name: Eman Alkhalifah University: University of Texas-Austin Course: Ph.D. Architecture Statement of Purpose Introduction: personal statement Throughout my studies, expanding my research skills in Architectural has, with time, grown to be my long-standing passion and obsession. The Architectural field, therefore, stands out as the perfect career path for me. Progressively, I have come to realize that modern life is founded on innovations in architecture, with constant developments in the discipline making our lives more expedient and lively. It is such a realization that has motivated me to conclude that contributing to the professional evolution of architecture will provide me with a feeling of fulfillment and provide me with a meaningful
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When I started to figure out how construction field works in reality and how to overcome these deterrents, I found an adept management skills makes all the difference. Construction management acts as a bridge between creativity and reality. If we build that bridge stronger it will back us, our entire life connecting our stellar ideas with the real life situations. Especially for an architect, getting hands on in construction management is always an added value. Furthermore in a country like India were construction industry is stimulated by advanced technology and innovations, having an interdisciplinary background adds extra feather to the
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