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820 Commerce Trail
Canton, GA 30114
Judges, Senior Project
Cherokee High School
930 Marietta Hwy.
Architecture is the foundation of industry. Architecture controls how functional a building will be for a business and whether or not customers are given a positive first impression. In addition, architecture is fluid throughout time and the structures change along with the ages creating new wonders for each generation. Those were only a few of the myriad of reasons that I, Aaron Albright, decided to create a new floorplan for the Cherokee High School Cafeteria, to create a new beauty for the students of Cherokee High School. The main changes I wanted to accomplish were the chaos of seating and awkward setup of vending and student lead fundraisers.
Seeing how architecture can be so fluid as to shape itself to how it is needed and preferred in society, I was curious on how the development of technology has refined the designing process of all forms of architecture and engineering. As I researched the techniques that civilizations of the past, such as the Egyptians, Greeks, and Chinese used to create some of their more well-known feats, I discovered that these groups are all able to be improved upon by modern designing strategies and tools. One of my favorite facts that I discovered in this research was that a grecian building could be completely replicated with only a small segment of the original edifice. And as time progressed, we have also developed tools that can be used to more precisely finalized sculptures using laser technology and more accurate cutting machinery. However much the improvement in quality, the purpose of architecture has shifted from a form of art into a mere solution for an issue leaving the admiration of the styles in the past.
Since the modern designing process highly focuses upon the drafting and sketching processes, I attempted to reflect my SCCP upon this as well, creating a current and future floorplan of the cafeteria. However this process required me to learn three different classes of design that I had not taken, so I had to get help from a friend who was certified in the necessary program in addition to my facilitator. The measurements needed for the preciseness of this project were tedious and rather complicated to gather, because of the irregular angles within the cafeteria. And moreover, I had to deal with adjusting to two new platforms to upload my information to, OneNote and Docs.com, both of which were not easy to learn. But I was able to overcome all of these in order to produce both an accurate existing floor plan, that includes wall width and pillars and a possible layout for a remodeling that maintains the previous style and adds on a lounge area for students to have a new type of feel for lunch as a whole.
Cumulatively, I only partially fulfilled the job of an architect. A full-licensed architect has to plan out electrical systems, ventilation, water pipes, smoke detectors, and a myriad of many other layers. This project has shown me that I am not really suited to this field of study and that I would be better placed in the sciences. I now plan to focus on the field of chemistry specifically, but I would not mind taking interior design and sketching classes, because those sections of this endeavor were the most enjoyable to myself. And the most suitable job for me will lie as a toss-up between the fields of biochemistry and chemical engineering.
Truthfully, I am glad for the push that the senior project gave me to discover my skills. Seniors may complain about the extra work required to be put into this immense assessment but I am now certain that it has changed the course of my career choice, and subsequently, my life. Thank you all very much for your time.