College: Cornell University
NYNY Internships: JGArchitects and Terra Verde: Eco-design on the River Rhein
It takes a place like Queens to make a person like me. With a Greek-Cypriot father and Colombian mother, most people’s first reaction to my heritage is, “How did that happen?” Though I’ve lived with my Greek grandparents since the second grade, the time I spent with my mother was already enough for me to learn both Greek and Spanish and to appreciate both cultures. My experiences growing up have shaped me into an individual ready and willing to question and take any obstacle.
Most of who I am comes from what I did not choose to be. As an older brother to someone with Down’s Syndrome, I have been working to teach and inspire since at least the age of 3. One of my fondest memories with my brother is when I first taught him to use a straw. The juice box was from a pack of Juicy-Juice I begged my mother for at the Super Market because I remembered it form the Arthur children’s show. By this time, my brother already understood and knew how to do what people did to the candles on birthday cakes. I explained to him that he had to do the same, only in the opposite direction. For the first time, my brother was drinking out of a straw. Since then, I have relentlessly tried to teach my brother to overcome anything that posed a challenge. I like to take this patience and search for understanding into everything I do and wish to share it with everyone I meet.
As a child, my family introduced me to the world of building and construction. Before I went to school, I went to work with my Grandfather and Father. When I stayed home, my younger brother and I spent our days taking the television and toys apart and putting them back together before my Father got home. Upon applying to college, Architecture stood out because of its versatility and opportunity to immerse myself into the technical world of building and the creative world of art and design. Currently, I attend Cornell University, studying Architecture in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning.
With a great interest in social issues and the human mind, I tend to spend much of my free time exposing myself to psychology, sociology, and different philosophies. Similarly, though I appreciate structure and creative use of material, my most enjoyable courses focus on design theory and abstract thought. To stay active, I try to keep in touch with my extracurricular routes in basketball and fitness. I also have a passion for exposing myself to different cultures and spreading positive energy to the people I meet.
With a degree in Architecture, I will have the opportunity to continue exploring my many interests while staying true to design and building. What I learn in architecture about human interaction within the built environment can also be incorporated and used in attacking social issues within the urban context.