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Alice’s passion for architecture began when she was a child, growing up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
“When I was younger, my parents were building our home, and I got to help make design choices,” Alice said. “That was the first time I realized how interested I was in architecture.”
Embracing her newfound interest, Alice began her journey to become an architect by moving to the United States.
“Once I got into architecture, I was interested in a number of programs all around the world,” Alice said. “I decided that the United States was the best fit for me, and I have lived here since then.”
Arriving in the US, Alice enrolled at Montgomery College in Maryland. There, she worked very hard on her design studies, while also attending a language school to perfect her English. Around this time, she began to fall in love with the works of Zaha Hadid, Richard Meyer and Norman Foster.
Also during this time, Alice interned with Habitat for Humanity in Maryland, where she helped redesign houses. There, she took on the challenge of drawing entire plans for homes.
“It was so fun working with Habitat for Humanity! I really learned a lot and made a lot of discoveries along the way,” Alice said.
By the time of her graduation, Alice received a number of accolades. While earning her associate’s degree in Architecture and Construction Technology, she served as both Secretary and President of the Architecture Club, was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and earned multiple academic awards.
Alice joined MMD last month as an intern, supporting the architecture and interior design teams. Her creative mind and her extensive knowledge of AutoCAD, Sketchup and Rhinoceros have greatly influenced firm projects. We are also inspired by Alice, as she aims to help others in need through architecture.
“Architecture can be a powerful tool to fix problems, and that is how I want to use it,” Alice said.