November 18, 2016

ltu-photo-5Courtney Sturgis
Lawrence Tech University
Degree Program: Architecture
Year in School: Fourth



Describe your studio culture:
We have an environment that allows the creative flow but is critical when necessary. Camaraderie and collaboration is widely encouraged.

Give one tip that has helped you succeed in studio:
Work in studio with your studio mates!

What motivates you to work hard in studio:
My studio mates and friends also working toward a deadline. Their energy is extremely motivating.

What aspect of your studio experience do you think will help you get a job?
I think the collaborative work I do with my studio mates and the communication skills I gain in studio will transfer easily to the work place. The studio culture of creating ideas collaboratively is important beyond school Being a critical thinker is also important! I have learned a lot about time management with deadlines as well. It’s hard to narrow it down when it seems like the studio is my entire life most of the time!

What can professors do to create a helpful and supportive studio culture?
Setting up an inviting and encouraging environment from day one of any studio class is important for a professor to do in order for students to feel comfortable in asking questions and generating ideas.

What should a high school student understand about studio at my university:
Studio culture is extremely important, meaning that it is very important to get used to working in studio with your peers nearby. Even if you have to have your headphones in to concentrate, there’s nothing like the motivation of your studio mates to generate ideas, critique your work and keep you going through difficult deadlines. These people become your family throughout your college career. Starting that relationship on day one will help you in the long run.


What can AIAS do to help improve your studio experience:
I think mentorship programs help younger students connect with older students and that would help bridge the gap between classes and ages while transferring wisdom and knowledge.

What would be in your ideal studio care package:

  • Band-Aids
  • Coffee and Tea (Caffeine am I right?)
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Exacto Blades
  • Water Bottle
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Blanket
  • Mini Moleskin and Pen
  • Probably some Airborne…

Complete this sentence: I love studio because:
it has become who I am; where my friends are, where my home is.