Monday, September 24, 2012

Campus' Best Resource

Hey Everyone!

I hope your first few weeks of school are going well, and you’re having a great time with the architecture LLC. It was awesome to hear that so many of you made it out for the Sandcastles event last weekend.  You’re going to spend a lot of time with your fellow architecture students the next 4 years as you progress through the architecture program, and it’s great to see some of you hanging out already.  On that note, I want to get into my blog post for the month:
Utilizing Campus’ Greatest Resource: The People
As a member of the UW-Milwaukee campus, you are associating yourself with about 30,000 students and 1,600 faculty and instructors from across the globe.  Take advantage of that! Whether they are coming from outside the country or they were born and raised in Milwaukee, every student or faculty member has something to offer you in experience and perspective.  There are few majors that can and should be taking advantage of this as much as architecture.  As you are probably already beginning to realize in taking Professor Keane’s Architecture class, learning the history of architecture and how it developed over time is essential to understanding where we stand as architects in today’s society and where it will be in the next 10 years and beyond.  Get to know the people that surround you in the architecture program. You’ll be surprised with how their perspective of architecture differs from yours.  As a part of the LLC, you already have access to two great resources in Giuseppe Mazzone and Miranda Mote.  There is a reason they were chosen to teach the LLC class.
As I continue to highlight significant architects and architecture firms in my “Architect of the Week” e-mails, be on the look-out for those that are a little closer to home.  The impact of our faculty on the Milwaukee community is incredible. Many of the professors are actively connected to architecture firms and organizations in the area, and by getting to know them you are not only building your knowledge of architecture and its role in the community, but also expanding your network of connections outside of the UW-Milwaukee campus.  It never hurts to meet new people, so get to know some of the support network of students and faculty/instructors that surround you. You’ll be surprised by what you learn!
-Joe Stefanich

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