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Chris Garland '09

Architect. Athlete. Innovator.

Major: Architecture
Minor: Studio Art

Thinking Outside the Box

I'm doing an independent study with Professor Stan Mathews this year, which focuses on sustainable design. I was also chosen to participate in a day-long "charette" with some fellow students, professors and architect Brent Stringfellow. During the session, we brainstormed ideas for the transformation of the third floor of Houghton House into an architecturally friendly space. It was a great learning experience to work with real architects and we got to apply what we learned in our classes.

Additional Activities

When I'm not studying architecture, you can usually find me playing intramural flag football, basketball or soccer. This year, I was asked to practice with the William Smith soccer team and that was a lot of fun. During the summer, I work as a dry-stone mason and I volunteer at a local animal shelter near my home in New Hampshire.

Study Abroad

I spent the spring semester of my junior year studying in Copenhagen, Denmark. The program was excellent because it allowed us to study European architecture as a whole, not just Danish. While I was there, I took a class about sustainable design and that?s really what sparked my interest about designing environmentally responsible buildings

Future Plans

After graduation, I want to go to graduate school to get a master of architecture degree. As far as long term plans, I'm really interested in sustainable or "responsible" design. I think one big problem facing our industry right now is that so many buildings are being deconstructed because they didn't meet specific requirements. It's important that we are aware of cultural guidelines when we go into the construction process and one of those requirements is sustainability.