Tony Sierra says that his architectural journey started when he started drawing at age 14. Then in high school, when he was able to choose electives, his first choice was art and his second choice was drafting and design. At the time, he didn’t realize that drafting and design was an architectural class. But that’s what he ended up with, and he was intrigued by the drafting table at the start of class. He ended up staying with it for four years, learning how to draw mostly residential houses, learning how to draft, learning how to make models and create.
Tony applied in high school to the University of Miami. He submitted an essay, application, and samples of his work from high school, but didn’t get into the architectural program because of his SAT scores. He did, however, get accepted to the university, so he went in with an undeclared major. During his second freshman semester, he approached the architectural program and they told him he could transfer into the school of architecture, so his first year of architectural school was his second year of university.
In today’s episode, Tony talks about what architecture school was like for him and what happened after architecture school. He also discusses the artwork that he’s making, what he likes about it, and how it’s been influenced by his architecture training. He also shares his thoughts about the Young Architect Conference series and how he has participated in it.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
- Why Antonio got interested in architecture
- How architecture school was for Antonio
- What architecture school was like for Antonio
- What it was like to see the history of architecture in Miami and Florida
- What happened for Antonio after architecture school
- Expectations that caused Antonio to experience burnout
- Antonio’s artwork
- Whether Antonio’s architecture training has affected how he makes art
- Where people can see Antonio’s artwork
- Antonio’s thoughts about the Young Architect conferences
- Antonio’s relationship with Puerto Rico
- Antonio’s advice for aspiring architects
- What Antonio knows now that he didn’t know then
- The book that changed everything for Antonio
- Antonio’s favorite resource, product, or gadget
- Antonio’s best timesaving trick
- How listeners can find Antonio
Top Three Takeaways from This Episode:
- Don’t let too-high expectations get you down
2. Have something to do outside of architecture.
3. Always be seeking those nuggets of wisdom.
Antonio’s Advice for Aspiring Architects:
“The first one I’d say is to make sure to have a life outside of architecture. I remember going back to my college days I’m thankful for being able to not just stay in the studio all the time.”
“Something that I know now that I didn’t know then is how to drive in snow.” –Antonio on what he knows today that he didn’t know back then
“The book that changed everything for me was How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie.” –The book that changed everything for Antonio
“The one thing that I would say is my daily planner.” –Antonio on his favorite resource, product, or gadget
“Find small ways to get ahead.” –Antonio on his best time-saving trick
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