Message - Re: Only 13 years old!!

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Posted by  John DeFazio on November 06, 2002 at 14:08:10:

In Reply to:  Re: Only 13 years old!! posted by JWmHarmon on November 06, 2002 at 11:03:00:

Well, I was old compared to you... I didn't finally decide to be an architect until 8th Grade (12-13)... hey, that's your age! One of my teachers asked us to do are report on a profession that we were interested us... and I, always interested in art and design and how things worked and were put together so I did mine on architecture. I still feel my pencil on the page as I carefully made my copy of the Saarinen TWA Building In NYC. I promptly conceived my mechanical drawing class instructor to focus on building design and drafting rather that machine drawings.

I've been an architect ever since. (Before that I used to design automobiles... I would slave all summer long to get our the new Fall Line. The car company was called Duke Enterprises... modeled on GM (Fisher Body Company). )

I was always aware of and interested in buildings ... my grand parents, when I was 6 or 7, built a weekend house from a kit of parts on the east end of Long Island. On the drive out from Brooklyn through the Hamptons I would see "A" frames and Modern Homes, (that I know now to have been done by Bruce Gelled and Norman Jaffe) and would dream of creating such miraculous objects. (Cars were just and adolescent thing).

Now I find myself, 46, doing what I dreamed of at 13. Not only that, I teach at Drexel University on how and why to be an Architect (Theory and Design Studio).

My 15 year old son has known that he was going to a Film Maker since he was 7. (A first he wanted to be George Lucas... StarWars was his great realization; he has since matured and realized that he wants to be a fusion of Kurosawa and Woody Allen).

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