Where are you employed? Jacobs Global Buildings Design, Philadelphia, PA
What are some of the exciting aspects of your occupation and career?
King: Extensive client interaction. I focus on corporate offices and really enjoy being able to work on all aspects of the job. I especially enjoy the programming phase, where I interact not only with management, but all levels of my clients’ employees to really understand what they do and how they work. From this information we design a space that not only is aesthetically pleasing but helps them work more efficiently than in the past by providing the resources they need.
King: In High School I was interested in architecture and took many art courses. In a course called "Environmental Design", we designed a complete home. Each semester we worked on a different piece of the project: plans, landscape, interiors and we built a model. I really enjoyed the interiors aspect and with the encouragement of my teacher explored the field of Interior Design for my higher education.
Why did you choose Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design over similar programs?
King: I knew I wanted to be in a city and NYC has never been desirable to me. I was accepted to other Philadelphia area schools, but the Co-Op helped make my decision easy.
How did your time at Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design prepare you for your career?
King: The courses are extremely relevant to what we do in the real world. The mix of full time and adjunct faculty is a plus because the full time faculty have mastery of theory, where the adjunct faculty are working professionals.
How significant was your coop experience in shaping your employment?
King: Priceless! I landed my first job at one of the city’s top design firms because of my Co-Op experience there.
Was our faculty helpful to you in making the transition from college to the professional world? Are you still in contact with them?
King: I'm sure if I needed assistance it would have been there from the faculty. But, for me, I can't say I received much "help" but also didn't request any. I am still in contact with some faculty.
What advice would you give to young people in your field who are just starting their education?
King: As with all things in life, in this program, you get from it what you put in. How hard you apply yourself will affect your career path, so put in a lot if you want to get ahead.