AUPD's Samuel Valenzuela

Samuel

Architecture, Urban Planning + Design

Why architecture?

I grew up with family members who were in construction and landscaping. I’d watch them, and was always curious about their solution. I played with Lego bricks, I drew and made things. I liked putting things together.

What excites you?

New projects and the design process. I dream about building things and think about all of the details.

Who do you admire most at UMKC?

(Associate Teaching Professor) John Eck. I attended a summer architecture class in high school in 2008, which he taught. It made me come back after serving in the military.

What motto do you live by?

Semper Fi. Always faithful. I served in the Marines. I lived and traveled in Japan and Europe. I met interesting people.

How has the architecture program inspired you?

I want to design for veterans who require assistance.

AUPD student, Samuel Valenzuela

Since entering college, what have you learned about yourself?

That in order to influence a whole group, it’s important to talk to different programs around campus.

Are you a first-generation college student?

Yes, it means that I have to try ever harder to set an example for my younger siblings.

What are your lifelong goals?

To start a firm.

What is one word that best describes you?

Curious. Curiosity has made me take paths in life that most people would not have.