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Meet Lauren Gerads | 2016 Abacus Architects Education Scholarship Award Winner

Abacus Architects is excited to introduce to you, Lauren Gerads our 2016 Education Scholarship Award Winner from Stevens Point Area Senior High. Join us in wishing Lauren the best on her journey ahead to University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning!

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What do you want to be when you grow up? By Lauren Gerads

Now a graduate from high school, I’ve heard this phrase more than my fair share. For a long time I struggled with finding an answer to this question, until I became acquainted with the field of architecture and urban planning. After researching the career path it seemed like an obvious choice. Since I was in grade school, I remember finding immense joy in walking the streets of our neighborhood “judging” or should I say critiquing homes and other commercial structures. I’ve always been in tune with my surrounding environment and the psychological effects it had on me as well as strangers. This was one particular piece I found appealing about architecture. Architects have the ability to affect so many aspects of our world, not only the quality of life, but also critical issues such as shelter, energy, money and natural resources.

Habitat for Humanity Home
“Here is one project we completed this year in Civil Engineering and Architecture. Our goal was to design a Habitat for Humanity home and follow the codes of creating this particular structure.” -Lauren Gerads

This past summer I attended the Midwest Renewable Energy Association Fair that consisted of various seminars. One session on creating energy efficient homes caught my attention in particular. Understanding the principles of function and design that go into building an eco-friendly structure appealed to me because I could appreciate others efforts in a push for future, sustainable design. I realized that I too want to take part in this process. I see this being carried out in a career such as architecture in which I am able to develop and create something that is aesthetically pleasing, inspiring, and environmentally responsible. Constructing a world that harmonizes and protects our natural surroundings is my passion. Architects possess the ability to improve the world for future generations and make positive impacts on ALL people. I’m thrilled to pursue a profession in which I will be able to embrace ancient traditions while challenging future conventions.

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Posted On June 17, 2016 | in Scholarship Award

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