|The Thirteenth Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectual Design Excellence 2011|
Holly Simon Bio
"I spent my early years on picturesque Prince Edward Island in Eastern Canada. From ayoung age, I loved drawing, especially building perspectives and plans. I dreamt upe laborate houses from our little bungalow and re-imagined public buildings - my school, the post-office, etc.- converted for other uses.
My interest in drawing led me to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, Alberta. In my third year I was fortunate to complete anexchange in Valencia, Spain. I learned Spanish and enjoyed the architecture and culture.
After graduating college, my love of architecture and community manifested itself in arts space development work with Calgary Arts Development. I also traveled abroad exploring architecture and art in Europe and South America. In 2007, a ten-month community-based course, Leadership Calgary, opened my eyes to issues of human andsocial development. These experiences fused my interests in architecture, art and thehuman condition.
In 2009, I returned to school and to Eastern Canada to pursue a life-long dream. My early passion for drawing and design has mixed with a growing interest in humanitarian issues.
Architecture school has been very rewarding as I learn about not only history, technology and design but of the critical social context within which all architecture is created.
I am tremendously grateful to my family whom has encouraged me throughout all my endeavors."
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