Growing up, I wanted to be a military pilot or an architect. Being a pilot was always a fantasy. I was amazed by the American and Russian fleet. Unfortunately, I was not either of these nationalities, so this was not an option. My other interest was in buildings.
I was always delighted to play with legos whenever I had access to some of them. My interest was developed further when I went to boarding school from age eleven to fifteen. Living away from home was a life changing experience for me at so many different levels. More importantly, it introduced me to industrial drafting, and model building. This only spanned two years of my life but left an impression that I eventually followed. Unfortunately, high school did not allow me to cement that interest as I went into a more scientific career path based on the available options I had locally.
Prior to graduating from high-school, I had to choose a field of study to go to college. I decided to have a heart-to-heart with my friend’s dad, who happened to be one of the first licensed architects in my country. Our conversation was very fruitful. He revived the flame that once was, and assured me that no time had been wasted. He also touched on a subject I had not thought about at the time, related to the impression architects make on every civilization. I, then, understood that through the practice of architecture I could mold the environment around me and participate in the development of my homeland and the world. I graduated from high school, made a quick detour through Ghana to improve my English skills, and enrolled at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. There, I received the necessary foundation to launch me in this exciting career.