PROFILE | Ethan Brammeier | School of Architecture | SIU

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PROFILE | Ethan Brammeier

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What is your area of study?

I joined the School of Architecture in August 2012 as a transfer student.  I received an Associate degree in Applied Science with an Architectural Drafting major in May 2012 from Rend Lake College. I intend to graduate with my Bachelors degree in Spring 2014.

You have put so much time and energy into your education and towards earning a degree. Now that you’ve almost earned it, how will it enable you to make a difference in your field?

I intend to utilize the latest technology to create structures to satisfy my client’s needs. I am also interested in creating unique structures that will appeal to all people.

How will you help "change the world" so to speak?

There are constantly new materials available to architects that are safe for people and the environment.  I feel it will become mandatory for all of us to be environmentally friendly due to the amount of waste our society continues to produce.
If I, as an architect, could show a client an appealing structure while being safe for the environment, it would be one more way to make our world more sustainable.

Do you have any job prospects lined up for after graduation?

My plan after graduation is attending graduate school to earn a master degree.

What first interested you in the SIU School of Architecture and why did you choose SIU instead of another school?

I took a tour of the SIU School of Architecture during my senior year in high school and really liked what the program had to offer.  The people I met with during my tour were very knowledgeable concerning the requirements in obtaining a degree in the architecture field and offered many suggestions.

Have you started working on any research projects?

I am currently working on the "Timber in the City" competition.  We have been performing research on timber construction and sustainable design.

What area of your field interests you most and why?

The area of my field that interests me most would be design/studio.  This class allows me to design a building the way I want to design it.  This class also teaches how to do presentations professionally which will help in any future job.

What is your advice to students who may be thinking about applying to the Architectural Studies program?

My advice would be to never think anything is out of your reach. If you are determined to succeed, you will. The harder you work to achieve your goal, the more satisfied you will be with the outcome.