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PERSONAL STATEMENT

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LEAH N. CULBERT

HOMETOWN

Hamilton, VA

PROJECTED CAREER

Architect/ Urban Designer/ Graphic Designer

CURRENT YEAR

4th Year Undergrad

(NAAB Accredited)

Throughout my studies at the University of Miami School of Architecture, I have found myself drawn to the way people interact with the built environment and how daily life is directly influenced by the design of the places around us. My work reflects the many architectural styles I have grown fond of, from contemporary to classical. My curiosity for these varying styles has been nurtured by my passion for travel.

 

In the summer of 2021, I worked as an architecture intern in Valencia, Spain. During my time at 4mArquitectos, I became familiar with the Spanish/Mediterranean Revival style within residential and civic spaces. The following year I exercised this knowledge of classical architecture to design a multi residential building, which was later published in the academic journal, The Classicist No. 19.

 

In addition to studying architecture, I am also working on my Bachelors of Art degree. I've always had a strong passion for art and I believe this has assisted me in developing more forward thinking concepts as well as connecting with fundamental methods of design.

 

In the summer of 2022, I attended the American University of Paris to study art. There, I spent my days painting and sketching Parisian architecture, landmarks, and gardens. As I toured the city, I observed the city's overall sense of well being. There was beauty in everyday routines like riding the train, walking to class, and swinging by the corner market for groceries. The city made me feel at peace-- a quality hard to come by in large, busy metropolitans.

 

I grew to realize the Parisian way of life was a direct result of the city's design: plentiful public transportation, pedestrian streets, lack of major infrastructure, sidewalk shops and eateries on every corner, beautifully designed facades, bridges, parks, and plazas. A city truly built for the people. Succeeding this revelation, I made it my architectural mission to design for the well being of people.  

It is evident that my experiences abroad have greatly impacted me in more ways than I can explain. My solo travels have encouraged me to grow in confidence, curiosity, and drive. As a future architect, these are the tools I will use to create the world better than I found it, one design at a time.

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PUBLICATIONS

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THE CLASSICIST No. 19

INSTITUTE OF CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE AND ART

The Classicist is an annual journal dedicated to the classical tradition in architecture as well as contemporary examples of classical design through professional and student portfolios as well as academic articles authored by leaders within the field.

EDUCATION

BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

2020-2025

 

BACHELOR OF ART

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

2020-2025

 

STUDY ABROAD

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF PARIS

May-July 2022

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INVOLVEMENT
& ACHIEVEMTS

  • Full Ride Merit Scholarship to the University of Miami

  • Provost’s Honor Roll

  • Dean’s List

  • Architecture Student Mentor

  • Kiteboarding Club Recruitment Chair and Media Manager

  • University of Miami Scuba Club

  • University of Miami Wakeboarding Club

  • University of Miami Club Tennis

SKILLS

ARCHITECTURAL/ GRAPHIC SOFTWARE

  • Adobe Illustrator

  • Adobe InDesign

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • AutoCAD

  • Enscape

  • Lumion

  • Revit

  • Rhino

WORK EXPERIENCE

ARCHITECTURAL INTERN/ May – Aug 2023

KIRCHHOFF & ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS. Jupiter, Florida

  • Attended site visits and conducted field measurements

  • Proposed renovation designs

  • Created 3D Revit models of current projects to assist with renovation proposals and renders for client approval

  • Developed construction documents and shop drawings with CAD

 

INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURAL INTERN/ May – July 2021

4M ARQUITECTOS. Valencia, Spain

  • Attended site visits and conducted measurement collection

  • Drew floor plans in CAD for project renovations

  • Created Lumion renders of future renovations for client approval

  • Assisted with client relations on behalf of firm

 

COMPUTER LAB ASSISTANT/ Jan 2023 – Present

UNIVERTSITY OF MIAMI I.T. Coral Gables, FL

  • Assisted students with technical issues and architecture program questions

  • Executed print jobs for faculty and staff.

  • Maintained functional printers and plotters

  • Assisted students with print jobs and plotting for special bond prints

SKI/ SNOWBOARD INSTRUCTOR / Nov 2018 – Jan 2021

INSIDE SKI TRAINING CENTER. Leesburg, VA

  • Instructed ski and snowboard lessons to a wide range of ages and abilities

  • Managed ski school lesson schedule

  • Offered private lessons to highly skilled students

 

 

SKI SHOP SALES ASSOCIATE / Aug 2018 – Jan 2021

PRO-FIT SKI SHOP. Leesburg, VA

  • Matched customers with optimal ski equipment

  • Served as primary relations representative

  • Cultivated and maintained inventory

  • Completed all point of sale opening and closing procedures

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