Personal Statement Master Of Architecture
I am applying in the graduate school and here's the statement of purpose. I am open to any comments that will tend to improve this statement of purpose
-As a student of architecture during under graduation, I had developed an interest in the building typology. I started understanding how architecture can change the life style and increase the standard of living. While the study trip during the college course, I felt the importance of light and shadow in a building along with the effect of climate on the building. Undergraduate studies taught me the fundamentals of architecture and further as I proceeded my knowledge broadened and developed skills in the design.
Over the past two years from the time I am working with M/s XYZ, I have realized that Architecture and urbanism are interrelated to each other. By examining architecture and urbanism as a whole, we can create a better urban fabric. Urban development relies on a thoughtful design, environmental and societal systems. I will have a better understanding of the resilient, livable neighborhood, cities and region, their planning with the natural environment in MIT School of Architecture and Planning. With the help of faculties, I will learn the new methodologies, design techniques and innovative methods.
In this growing trend one has to learn from the problems faced in an unplanned cities/ neighborhoods, rectify them or think about them while redesigning and to make sure that the same mistakes doesn’t repeat. Born in the capital city of Bihar, Patna, I have experienced many such problems such as traffic congestion, encroachments. I have travelled extensively throughout India and witnessed the same issues in places such as Bhopal, Indore, Kolkata, Mumbai. The famous ‘dharavi’ Slums in city of Mumbai is a result of the rapid urbanization, planning recourses and strategies are needed to address the problem of slum development.
In the early semesters of my undergraduate studies, we had a paper on physical planning. We went to survey the site in Horapet Road, I was stunned to see the reaction of the people. The local residents confused us with the local authorities and came out on the road, crying out their problems. The basic needs such as clean drinking water, proper sewage lines not given to them. 90 percent of the people in that area were below poverty line and had to survive in such conditions daily. Almost 43 percent of children remained ill due to water borne diseases caused due to improper water disposal systems.
I had been to the dharavi slums once during my early visits to Mumbai in 2011, I was taken aback by the scenario there, the people are not staying on their own land. The potters brick kilns sent huge black flames which polluted the air and as a result the patients conditions became worse in adjacent hospital. I saw children playing in the sewage waste. Next to the open sewers are water pipes which can crack anytime and take in the sewage. A proper thought out planning can sort out these problems and save the infants and adults from getting prone to fatal diseases.
As a designer then, I decided that I had to do a post graduation course in city planning to understand and solve such pressing issues. Through this course I will built the equitable models for development that improve the built forms and the natural environment,
My goal is to design spaces in such a way that it sustain and enhance the quality of living. As a planner my aim will be to learn from the mistakes made in the past centuries improve the built forms and promote the cultural stability through the problem – solving technique. By earning a master’s degree from XYZ I will be one step closer in achieving my goals.
This university will help me develop new techniques to design and develop a future buildings that are adaptive with rooted infrastructures. I will work hard with the faculties of XYZ, and turn out to be the best graduate student in the university.
I would like to extend my gratitude to the admission committee to take out some time and consider my application.
There are some very impressive female architects alive today. They come from all over the world, and make our buildings gob-smackingly cool. Here are just a few of the many that deserve space on this page.
A pioneer on the trail of affordable and sustainable housing, Rocio Romero is a Chilean-American architect. She is best known for her minimalist prefab homes, which arrive flat-packed and can be constructed in as little time as one month.
Dwell Magazine called Romero’s “LV” homes “the perfect $100,000 house,” which must be true because there are now more than 300 of them across the world (mostly the U.S., France, Chile, and Canada).
Romero’s work, which also includes a line of home accessories and furniture, has been featured in a number of publications and museum exhibitions, including the Walker Art Center, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Triennale di Milano and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Zaynep Fadillioglu is a Turkish architect who began a career in computer science only to eventually realize she loved architecture. Her initial success came as a designer of restaurants. In fact, Fadillioglu has designed over 20 establishments that can still be found in such cities as London, New Delhi, and Abu Dhabi.
Fadillioglu is best known as the first woman to design a mosque. Fadillioglu received international acclaim when she unveiled the Sakirin Mosque in Turkey in 2009.
Fadillioglu made sure that the mosque honored women by ensuring that both the men’s and women’s upper galleries were equal in terms of both size and beauty.
Over the course of her career, Fadillioglu has been awarded a number of honors, including the House & Garden International Interior Designer of the Year (2002), the Andrew Martin International Designer of the Year Award (2002), Modern Designer of the Year Award (2005), and The Wifts Foundation International Visionary Award (2011).
Victoria Meyers is a founding partner of the firm Hanrahan Meyers and she has led the design of a number of award-winning projects including the Won Buddhist Retreat, Infinity Chapel, White Space, and the Digital Water i-Pavilion. Meyers is especially well known for her residential projects, urban master plans, and her public buildings.
She has received a number of awards over the years, including an American Institute of Architects award for her Buddhist Retreat. She was named one of Buildblog’s “Women Making an Impact.” Meyers is also the author of the popular architectural text “Designing With Light”.
After receiving her degree in architecture from Kanto Gakuin University, Japanese architect Itsuko Hasegawa was invited to take the prestigious position of assistant to Kazuo Shinohara at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
In 1979, Hasegawa formed her own firm, Itsuko Hasegawa Atelier. She has since been responsible for the design of a number of award-winning buildings in Japan. Her most famous projects include the Sumida Culture Factory, the Niigata City Performing Arts Centre, and the Himi Seaside Botanical Garden.
Hasegawa is an honorary member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and in 1986, she was awarded the Design Prize from the Architectural Institute of Japan. She has also been the recipient of the Avon Arts Award and in 2000 she received the Japan Art Academy Award.
Yasmeen Lari was the first accredited female architect in Pakistan. At age 15, Lari left Pakistan during a family vacation in London, and ended up enrolling in school there. She was initially rejected from architecture school for not being able to draw. However, after two years of art classes, she was accepted into the Oxford School of Architecture.
At the age of 23, Lari returned home and opened Lari Associates in Karachi, Pakistan. Though she initially faced challenges because of her gender, she soon became president of the Institute of Architects in Pakistan in 1980.
Her most notable projects have all been in her native country. They include Naval Officers Housing, the Taj Mahal Hotel in Karachi, the Finance and Trade Center, and the Pakistan State Oil House. In 2011, Lari received the Pakistani “Wonder Woman of the Year Award.”
Brinda Somaya is a well-known Indian architect who´s philosophy is that “the Architect’s role is that of guardian – her´s is the conscience of the built and un-built environment”.
This belief has underlined her three decade-long career, which has included work on large corporate campuses, public spaces, the rehabilitation of an earthquake-torn village, and the restoration of an 18th century Cathedral, among much more.
With degrees from Mumbai University and Smith College, Somaya began her career in 1978, and has worked independently and at her own firm since the beginning of her career.
Her most notable works are all located in India and include the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, the Nalanda International School, the Goa Institute of Management and the restorations of Mumbai’s St. Thomas Cathedral and the village of Bhadli. In 2014, Somaya was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indian Institute of Architects for her contribution to the profession.
Roisin Heneghan is one-half of the powerhouse firm Heneghan Peng Architects (AKA hparc). Heneghan established hparc in 2009. The same year she won three major commissions: the Arabsat headquarters in Saudi Arabia, two new buildings for University of Greenwich and a bridge over the Rhine between St. Goar and Goarshausen in Germany.
Since then, Heneghan has designed footbridges at the London Olympic park, the Aras Chill Dara in Ireland, and the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre in Northern Ireland, the last two of which earned her a RIBA European Award and a spot on the Stirling Prize shortlist, respectively.
Maya Lin is best known as the designer of the haunting Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. Since then, this daughter of Chinese immigrants has designed a number of other notable structures, including the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, and the Wave Field at the University of Michigan. She has also exhibited several other design projects across the world.
Throughout her career, Lin has won several awards and honors for her work, one of the most recent being the National Medal of Arts awarded by the President of the USA. In 2013, Lin completed her largest work to date, “A Fold in the Field”. It is part of a sculpture park in Auckland, New Zealand.
Kazuyo Sejima is a Japanese architect known for her clean and modern designs. Her career began in 1981, when she graduated from Japan Women’s University with a Master’s degree. After short stints with two other firms, Sejima established SANAA with colleague Ryue Nishizawa.
SANAA’s work is characterized by clean and modern elements, and often include large windows, glass, cubes and marble. Over the course of her career, she has designed several projects throughout Japan, the USA, and Europe, including the New Museum in New York and the Glass Pavilion for the Toledo Museum of Art in Spain. Sejima has received more than twenty-two prestigious awards throughout her career, including the 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize.