I chose Michelangelo as my architect. Just to make things easier I'll refer to him as Mr. M from now on. Mr. M constructed the paintings in the Sistine Chapel. Although he is most known for his work in the Sistine Chapel, he was more than just a painter. He wrote poems, an engineer and an architect, the archetypal Renaissance man. He seemed to have done everything, with an extremely impressive resume. As an he only has two buildings of note to his name as an architect: the Laurentian Library and the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome. Mr. M was a genius when blending architecture and art to create the most beautiful buildings the world has ever seen.
Although I currently live in Burlington, Massachusetts, previously I lived in Seattle, Washington. Ever since I was a little kid whenever my parents drove past it in the car I would just stare at it. I was always amazed as to how anyone could design or even build a building that was heaviest at the top. I always heard trouble comprehending how a building like this could stay standing day after day. Not only is the science behind this building is impressive, but just how much it stands out in the Seattle skyline. No building anywhere around the world looks anything like this. I admire this building because of how much the architects stepped out of the box with this design.
On a rainy Wednesday February morning my architecture class took a 20 minute bus ride into Boston to get a first hand look of what an architecture firm looks like. Ms. Chang's previous architecture student, Daniel Ricardelli, works at Bergmeyer Associates. Daniel, accompanied by a couple of his colleagues, took us on a quick tour of the firm. They mentioned that they designed their firm and to cut costs managed to create a space that utilizes light from windows and glass doors to use less artificial light. Not only did they create their own space ingenuously, but also work for many other companies to design and construct spaces and building efficiently and effectively. Once we finished the tour Mary Fichtner, a program and exhibits manage, gave us many tips for college ad future jobs not only specific to architecture and design, but careers in general. She showed us the dos and don'ts of resumes and applications. Once we finished at the Bergmeyer Associates firm, we took a quick walk across a bridge to the BSA Space. This space can be rented out for different exhibits and shows for any topic you can think of. After that tour we stopped to eat lunch, which I decided to eat Boloco with Paul and Alex. Personally, I recommend you eat at this Chipotle-esque restaurant that has amazing burritos. Overall this field trip was extremely informative and gave me a better idea of how architecture firms are, and overall what work is like outside of school.