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ACE Mentor: Conversations

Tyler and Marjorie trade questions back and forth about the ACE Mentor Program, their shared passion for architecture, and other quirks

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<p>Hey Tyler!</p> <p>Hi, how are you?</p> <p>I’m doing good, how about you?</p> <p>I’m fine.</p> <p>How was your day today?</p> <p>It was pretty cool.</p> <p>Did you come from band practice?</p> <p>Yeah, drumline.</p> <p>Okay.</p> <p>So chips or candy bars?</p> <p>I think I like candy bars.</p> <p>What kind of candy bars?</p> <p>Snickers would be the best one.</p> <p>Okay, I like Kit-Kats.</p> <p>What country do you want to visit?</p> <p>I’ve always wanted to visit France because of the beautiful architecture over there, and it always just seems that there’s so much to see and do. It’s just a beautiful country.</p> <p>What would be your dream building to design?</p> <p>I’d have to say a small restaurant in the local community, just to like serve food native to those areas.&nbsp;</p> <p>Why do you want to be an architect?</p> <p>I’ve always loved the fact that it’s like a combination of art, math, and science. Those are always things that I’ve always enjoyed, like growing up and going to school, I’ve always been proficient in them, so it just is like a perfect combination of those fields.</p> <p>Did you always know about architecture, or is that something that you sort of learned later on?</p> <p>No, I was actually introduced to the field of architecture through ACE, through this program, so it was just a great experience.&nbsp;</p> <p>And how about college? Where are you headed?</p> <p>I’m going to study architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall.</p> <p>So awesome.</p> <p>What do you like about ACE?</p> <p>I love the fact that mentors always try to make a lesson out of every session that we have. Everything that we do is just like taken forward, and that showing what we can do for ourselves to help benefit us in the future.</p> <p>And what would you say your favorite project would be that you’ve designed in ACE?</p> <p>Maybe two years ago it was one of the first projects we did. The design of the 2016 Olympic Stadium at the Hudson Yards. I love the fact that we just like got introduced to the field, and that’s really when I decided I want to go into architecture.</p> <p>Yeah, that’s the year that I met you. I believe that year we worked on the Olympic Stadium. Your turn!</p> <p>Coke or Pepsi?</p> <p>I would say Coke.</p> <p>I like Pepsi better.&nbsp;</p> <p>Okay fine!</p> <p>Alright, I have a weird question. I’ve always noticed that you do this, but why do architects always wear black?</p> <p>Okay well, there is a book, it’s titled Why do architects wear black? and it’s sitting at my desk, but I personally would say it’s because we can’t make decisions, so I mean, black goes well with everything.&nbsp;</p> <p>Okay cool. How did you get involved with the ACE program?</p> <p>I heard it from a supervisor that mentioned the program, and then there were a few other colleagues that actually were involved, so I decided to join them one day, and I’ve loved it ever since day one.</p> <p>Do you think it’s changed your career in any way?</p> <p>I definitely say it’s changed my career, because it’s an eye-opener, especially when you’re working your regular projects every day and sometimes it’s a nice reminder to see individuals like yourself that are very interested in the fields of architecture, or construction, or engineering, and it’s an eye-opener to see—and rewarding—to have you come in and then be able to complete a college in architecture. So, that’s about it. But thank you so much for being such a great student. It’s been a pleasure to work with you as a mentor.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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