Name - Ethan R. Brammeier
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In August, 2015, I received my Masters Degree in Architecture from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. I am currently working at Eggemeyer Associates Architects in Herrin, Illinois.
Growing up in a small town, I had numerous influential people urging me to pursue an architectural major based on my interest. At first I liked art and design, but it was in high school when I narrowed down my interest to architecture. Taking drafting classes and working construction gave me insight into the design portion of the field.
Attending Rend Lake College was very beneficial to me. I was able to commute to class three days a week and work construction the other days. While attending school at Rend Lake, I learned new programs that normally are not taught at other colleges. I was also able to compete in several drafting competitions while attending school there.
Rend Lake College offered a '2+2' articulation agreement with Carbondale and their architecture program. Once I received my associates degree from Rend Lake, I went to Southern Illinois University of Carbondale to receive my bachelors degree.
I was accepted into the masters program at Carbondale and graduated with my degree in August, 2015. The topic I chose for my thesis was an assisted living facility. It focused on how the natural environment in the living space improves the tenants' well-being.
Upon completion of college I continued to study new technology and learn how to use it. Virtual reality, in my opinion, will be used by every architect in the future to give clients are real life look into the design of their building. I have personally done several projects at work using this technology and clients are clearly amazed at how well virtual reality helps them understand the spaces compared to looking at 2D plans and renderings.