Perspectus Architecture is excited to welcome a new co-op student to our team as we kick off 2019.
Olivia Zepp joins us as a co-op student from Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana) where she is currently pursuing her Master of Architecture with a Certificate in Historic Preservation. She recently completed her bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. We asked Olivia five questions to help everyone get to know her.
You’ll be earning your Master of Architecture with a Historic Preservation Certificate. What drives your passion for historic preservation?
The driving factor for my passion in preservation is what we can learn from historic buildings. The construction techniques and methods used in historic buildings are unique and the fact that these buildings can stand the testament of time with little human intervention I think is fascinating. We can learn what was most important in societies when we see what parts of buildings had the greatest emphasis in the designs.
You were one of four students at Ball State chosen to travel to Milan, Italy this past fall to participate in a workshop focused on how historic buildings can meet 21st century needs. What was that experience like and what was your biggest takeaway?
The experience was unforgettable along with being able to work with students from three different universities around the world, we were able to see many historic buildings from time periods not seen in the U.S. The biggest takeaway was, even though all the students were from different places our ideas of preservation and history being able to tell a story were all the same. Language barriers didn’t influence our perception of the importance of keeping all our pasts alive through the built environment.
What do you hope to do after graduation?
After graduation I want to get my architecture license and possibly own my own firm in the future. I would also like to start a family and live in a place with beautiful buildings.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find my inspiration from my family a lot of the time. My grandmothers especially have shown me that it’s never too late to start a new passion in life.
Is there something not many people know about you?
I was a Girl Scout from first grade up until senior year of high school. This led to me earning my Girl Scout Gold Award (equivalent to the Eagle Scout Award) my senior year.
Principal Elizabeth Corbin Murphy of our historic studio is happy to have Olivia on the team saying, “I’m very impressed with Olivia. She has proven herself to be very adept and a quick learner.”
Keep up the good work, Olivia! We’re glad to have you!