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|Student Spotlight: Culin Thompson|
“I want to become a licensed architect and urban planner and would love to work with developers to generate efficient, effective projects which serve a diverse population and contribute positively to society.”
Culin Thompson is a Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning candidate with a specialization in Housing and Development Planning. Culin will finish his Master of Architecture program in May of 2017, specializing in population health strategy integration within senior and affordable housing. He is expected to complete his planning degree in May of 2018.
During his freshman year at the University of Kansas, Culin organized a group of students and established a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation called Spaces of Hope. His intention was to increase student awareness of the role that architects, planners, and designers can play in saving forgotten and neglected areas of cities and in creating places that serve the greater good. His group developed, organized, and had oversight of a tiered set of national and regional design competitions for high school and college architecture students. The design projects focused on creating buildings that can stimulate investment and economic activity in impoverished communities. Today, under his supervision, the organization continues to promote experience, opportunity, and scholarship for students interested in studying design-related fields. The organization also provides mentorship for current and future students looking to continue a path from a design education to their professional careers. The Spaces of Hope initiatives have positively impacted more than 150 students in five states in addition to more than 50 practicing professionals.
Born in the suburbs of Chicago, Culin has always had an interest in the way that cities and their built fabric interact. His research for his Master of Architecture consisted of methodologies to provide increased healthcare access and assisted-living care by leveraging technological advancements alongside financing programs such as the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program and Chronic Care Management Voucher program. Leveraging his specialization in Housing and Development Planning, he looks to be able to continue to build upon financing models for development focused on social justice and equal opportunities for low-income households, senior households, and under-represented minority groups.
Culin has experience working within civic, hospitality, detention, and retail architecture sectors at DLR Group’s Chicago office and the Merriam, Kansas location of BRR Architecture.
Here's more from our Q&A with Culin:
Which ACSP member school do you attend?
What specialty are you studying?
Why did you select your particular specialty?
Do you have a current job or internship in your specialty?
Is there a particular class or professor that has made a great impact on you? How so?
What's your favorite project you’ve worked on, in class or in practice?
What future goals do you have in your field?
How has planning school changed your daily habits?
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
How many different cities have you lived in and which was your favorite?
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
What is the title of the last book you read? What did you learn from it?
What’s your favorite color and how would you creatively incorporate it into a planning project?