My four-year journey has reached its end... what now?
My name is Nicollo Abe and my years as an undergraduate student at University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture has reached its end, after a four-year long journey.
Most of the text has been extracted from my Reflective Statement that was submitted for the Patricia and Peter Shannon Wilson Undergraduate Research Prize, but I made slight changes to make it sound more casual and better-suited for a personal blog post.
My application began with an acknowledgement from the office of the registrar: who recognized my past academic experience from Sheridan College and have graciously granted me five courses as credits. This allowed me to pursue a minor in Art History and a minor in Visual Studies while undertaking the faculty’s History and Theory of Architecture specialist stream (AHSPE1002). I am grateful for the practical and technical skillsets I have acquired from the past three years spent at college, but it has left me with a satiable hunger for a higher education that looked at architecture with a more critical lens.
The Shannon Wilson Undergraduate Research Prize allowed me to reflect upon my researching capabilities that I have refined over time. As such, I have selected a research paper from a course I attended during the Fall of 2021 that represents my ability to effectively synthesize information. Professor Ipek Mehmetoglu instructed the ARC 400-level seminar course titled Mobility and Architecture, which interrogates how different forms of mobility affect architectural history, education, and culture throughout the twentieth century. This course—among many other courses offered at the faculty—enabled me to think about architecture beyond its structural components and to reconsider how its production and (mis)representation shapes different perspectives according to physical and symbolic circulations.
> Click here to view my research paper.
A bittersweet taste arises when I contemplate on the fact that I will be graduating this upcoming June. I hope to continue refining my research and writing skills as I expose myself into other fields. The road towards earning my architectural licensure in Canada is a long and tedious journey, but I believe my satiable hunger will continue to inspire me to pursue a master’s in architecture. But for now, I am entering the professional world with a satiated mind that has been fed with the technical skillsets and the critical sensibilities acquired from college and university respectively.