This traveling fellowship has fundamentally changed the way I view the world. The experience has been invaluable in allowing me to reconsider the distribution of architectural space, especially what constitutes an interior environment. The ability to travel and view in person different means of handling a fundamentally similar process, building, is essential for all students of architecture. Without that jarring experience of discomfort and confoundment, it is impossible to envision what is truly attainable.
My journey to Japan was nothing less than everything I had hoped for, and it has impacted every aspect of my architectural career. Beyond that, it was more than a lesson in Japanese architecture; it was a lesson in discovery. A journey that time will never allow me to repeat but memory will never permit me to forget.