Get to Know Our Intern Architect Collin Tucker

Get to know our intern architect Collin Tucker! He has been a part of the SOA team since graduating in May. On November 1, he won an award from The Society of American Registered Architects for his thesis project. Spoiler alert, it has a cool origin story.

Tell us a little bit about your award-winning project:

The project is a multimedia event center that can transform its usable space to accommodate an event’s needs. My project explores the way space is experienced through the change of its built environment.

What inspired you to create this structure?

The inception of this project was actually inspired from the “Blade Runner” sequel.

How do you think this structure will impact people?

If this structure were to be built, it would act as a monument of how architecture can impact our lives and would be a place where new technologies would be explored and celebrated.

Who inspires you?

Both of my parents. My father is the most hardworking person I have ever met, and my mother is just an angel on earth.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a comedian, but it turns out that I would rather be laughing in the crowd than telling the jokes.

What is your dream architectural project?

Either a veterinarian clinic or a contemporary vacation lodge.

Favorite decade or period of architecture and why?

My favorite period of architecture would be Brutalism or Structuralism because these periods of building embraced stark materials like steel and concrete.

Favorite building material to incorporate into the design?

I always want to incorporate steel into my project because of my favorite period of architecture.

Who is your favorite architect?

My favorite architect has to be Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Most of his project’s like Crown Hall, Seagram Tower, and the Barcelona Pavilion inspired me to pursue architecture.

What is your go-to snack when you are super focused on a project?

I love to snack on salty sunflower seeds.

What do you do for fun?

Mostly weight train, but I also like to cook/grill for fun!

If you could wave a magic wand, what would you change about the architecture industry?

Some of the tedious model building tasks.

If you had unlimited resources, what architectural feature would you add to your next project?

Glass. So much glass.

Do you prefer starting a project from scratch or renovation projects?

I have recently grown to appreciate renovation projects.Buildings are becoming less and less “permanent” and demolished before their useful life is complete. I think re-use and adapting our existing buildings to serve other needs is an important and necessary option that can benefit both the client and our finite building resources.

Favorite season in Columbia and why?

I love fall/autumn when it lasts more than 2 weeks. I just enjoy the mild temperature.

Best way to unwind after a long day?

Listing to some of my favorite music from Awolnation.

Most bingeable TV show?

I am more of a movie guy, but I have to recommend “Game of Thrones” if you haven’t seen it.

Favorite restaurant in Columbia?

My favorite has to be CC’s City Broiler off of Forum Boulevard.

Who would play you in a movie?

I’ve been told by strangers that I look like Milo Ventimiglia (Jack from “This is Us”).

Early bird or night owl?

Night owl. I have a hard time falling asleep before midnight.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Peanut M&M’s

What do you love most about your job?

I always find myself learning something new. The best thing about any job is growing my skills in my profession. I want to learn something new every day for the rest of my life.

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