Dylan M. Sylvester, Assoc. AIA
“What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.” – Samuel Johnson
Having grown up in a small tourist town in Florida, the built environment always seemed more like a generic backdrop for life, rather than a well-designed stage where life and all its complexities could take place in a meaningful way; it was uninspiring. My life changed dramatically when I participated in a Rotary Youth Exchange in 2012. I spent 11 months living in Liège, Belgium, learning a new language, culture, and way of life. It was there that I was introduced to quality design and an architecture worthy of remark.
During my year abroad, I was so profoundly touched by design that I quickly relinquished any doubts from my mind: architecture was my life’s calling. Upon returning home, I enrolled in the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design and graduated in May of 2018.
As a designer, it is my belief that what we design has the power to shape people’s lives and influence our communities and environment. With that power comes the responsibility to design with purpose, conviction, and a sense of ethic.