Hometown: Bay Area, California
Why did you choose to study interior architecture & design?
Art, drawing, and creativity interested me at a young age. In my pre-teens, I would attempt to recreate Leonardo da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man” and “The Last Supper.” I was fascinated with its hidden geometry. This fascination also led me to drawing figures and scenes from Greek and Roman mythology. I would hand draw the “Parthenon, Temple the Athena.” As I drew more buildings, I became interested in how the Greeks and Romans designed their architecture. I was intrigued with how the people used these spaces in those times. My fascination then led me to Frank Lloyd Wright’s design of “Fallingwater” in Pennsylvania. The concrete limestone-concrete home entwined with the waterfall made the piece marriage of nature and Wright’s vision and philosophy. Frank Lloyd Wright’s interiors were also linear and made use of the interior space and natural materials available in the area. Fast forward to current my current inspiration, the late Dame Zaha Hadid. Her fluid and curvature style, which also incorporates functional abstract interior spaces in her designs. She is one of many designers that inspire me to push my own creativity in Architectural Interior Design.
What makes earning a degree at NewSchool special?
I was searching for a personalized educational experience and the small classroom size encouraged comradery with the studio-style learning at NewSchool. I sought a learning experience tailored by professionals with a multitude of practice. I found the curriculum challenging and it also challenges me to design, “Outside the box.”
What has been your favorite thing about attending NewSchool?
The Studio classes that invoke my creativity.
What are your career goals after you graduate?
My career goals after I graduate are to practice what I have learned in an architecture company and then use my experience to open a business of my own. I also plan to obtain my architecture license.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Something that people would be surprised to learn about me is that I have complete a 20-year career in training and management.
What advice do you have for incoming students?
Know what you want. Believe in yourself. Focus and go for it. Keep like-minded people in your circle. Work!
Why should a prospective student choose NewSchool?
If you are searching for a personalized educational experience and with small class sizes that encourages comradery with the studio-style learning, NewSchool has all these features plus a learning experience tailored by professionals with a multitude of practice.
Stephen’s Favorite Class Project
Cheeky Bastard Ales | First Year Interior Architecture & Design Project
Instructor: Dario Miticocchio
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