Since its founding in 1972, The Group has worked to fund scholarships for deserving students of Otis College of Art and Design. The awardees met with members of The Group and presented examples of their work at The Group's Annual Scholarship Luncheon on February 16, 2017. One student from each of the seven undergraduate disciplines is chosen for the scholarship, and each week, we'll be highlighting a different awardee as we countdown to the 2017 Commencement Ceremony.
Adam Harris, a senior in the BFA Architecture/Landscape/Interiors program at Otis College, grew up in Southern California and knew early on that he wanted to pursue a career in architecture. Adam didn't have an artistic background but did have a love for seeing the world around him and an interest in making the environments we live in a better place.
"Foundation year was difficult starting off with no artistic training, but I knew it would be important in the future," Adam wrote in his scholarship statement. "I was interested in attending Otis College's program because I knew I could focus on conception and design within architecture while also learning the classical arts. My hope is to use the education, skills, and knowledge that I received to make a difference in how people live and interact with each other through structures and design." We asked Adam about his experience at Otis College, what he plans to do after graduation, and to share some of his work, check it out below.
What do you love about Architecture/Landscape/Interiors?
What I truly love about my major is the idea of being able to create a physical space that can make a positive impact on the environment and the people that work, live, and play in them.
How do you handle creative block?
Anytime I have a creative block, I usually look at references such as books, websites, and spaces.
What is something that you learned at Otis College that you will take with you throughout your career?
Otis has taught me to focus on problems and solutions from a variety of perspectives. By being able to take constructive feedback, whether, from my studio jury, professor, or classmates, not only makes my work incisive but also helps me to resolve each design problem with other rational and creative points of view in mind.
Which class or project most surprised you?
I think the class that surprised me the most was architectural history and theory which I took every semester (six classes). It helped me learn about the ways architecture has influenced the world around me and how ideologies and social responsibility could be transferred into the built environment.
Describe your Otis College experience in one word.
What advice would you give to incoming students as they start down the path to a creative career?
I think the best advice I could present is to never give up on pursuing knowledge and creativity. Moments at school can be challenging, whether with our studies or personal life, but students should always try to remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Our ideas are important and should always be explored to the fullest degree. No matter what, education is meant to guide people towards their truest potentials.
What are your post-graduation plans?
I plan to work within my field, trying to make better spaces for people to work, live, and play.
Photo: Allison Knight