John Atkins explains his interest in architecture as the reason he applied to college at NC State. Interview on June 14, 2011. (1:22)


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I had enjoyed drawing in school, I enjoyed mechanical drawing, which I'd taken courses in. 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:09.015
I don't think I was overly conscious of it but I had enjoyed watching 00:00:09.015 - 00:00:16.126
certain buildings and their evolution as they went through the construction process in town. 00:00:16.126 - 00:00:22.444
we always went to Monticello and we'd go every summer and we'd spend hours upon hours there. 00:00:22.444 - 00:00:28.619
So somehow, I don't know, all this kind of aggregated to the point that I thought that I'd have an interest in architecture. 00:00:28.619 - 00:00:34.474
I can tell you this, I pretty much misunderstood it, when those aspirations were there, to what the practice is 00:00:34.474 - 00:00:42.361
but all for the good, by the way, in what the practice is. 00:00:42.361 - 00:00:46.975
And so I couldn't apply to Duke because Duke didn't have architecture 00:00:46.975 - 00:00:52.338
and I even thought about applying to civil engineering and then trying to transfer but I didn't want to do that. 00:00:52.338 - 00:00:59.691
So I applied to NC State, 00:00:59.691 - 00:01:03.682
and I can't sit here and tell you that there was this great exploration on my part, looking at other schools of architecture, 00:01:03.682 - 00:01:12.539
and I had the good fortune of being accepted. 00:01:12.539 - 00:01:15.108

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