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Mario Serrano

Barranquilla, Colombia

Major & Graduation

Architecture ~ May 2018

Short-Term Goals

Growing in knowledge in the architectural field, specifically exploring with digital design methods that could have a strong impact in the architectural design process. Building relationships within the IIT College of Architecture and advocating for architecture as a profession that is essential to humanity. Understanding how design can be shaped in order for it to have a strong impact on the life and thoughts of individuals. Completing the Bachelor of Architecture at IIT with a specialization on Digital Design, and then a masters in architecture and urbanism in London or New York. Attaining more experience on architectural practice, working with design firms that create powerful public architecture in order to experience the design process in a more personal level. Interacting with teams where I can bring my leadership skills to test. Keeping on visiting large urban metropolises, experiencing their different neighborhoods, forms of public transportation, and architecture oriented towards the general population, leading to a growth in my understanding of the urban experience.

Long-Term Goals

Attaining experience working with global architecture firms that work designing large scale urban projects that redefine the metropolis and explore digital tools that facilitate the design of complex projects. Eventually, after gaining useful knowledge in the field, returning to Colombia to setup my own practice. Working with governments of developing nations such as Colombia, or architectural firms that work directly with such governments, in order to design growing cities and large scale urban projects that affect the city fabric and its public infrastructure. Designing projects that affect the way the contemporary metropolis works, and enhance the life of the urban dweller through public spaces that allow for the growth of the individual and awaken the imagination. Possibly starting a career in education, rethinking the current state of architectural education in Colombia, and passing on knowledge through publications and teaching. Living a selfless life to hopefully make a significant impact in the life of many. 

Illinois Tech Leadership Experience

  • SGA Senator for the College of Architecture (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)
  • Design Manager SGA Communications Committee (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)
  • Internal Programmer Delta Tau Delta (Spring 2015)
  • Philanthropy Chair Delta Tau Delta (Fall 2015)
  • Director of Academic Affairs Delta Tau Delta (Fall 2016)
  • AIAS Fourth Year Advocate (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)
  • GLS Teacher Assistant (Fall 2016 - Present)
  • ARC Scholar: Architecture Tutor (Fall 2016 - Present)