“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know it when you find it.”
- Steve Jobs

The journey in one’s career is never easy. In most cases, people think career decision making is very challenging. I have had my share of rational career decisions in the past that discouraged me in seeing what I would like to become in the future. I have switched career paths numerous times from Culinary Hotel & Restaurant Management, Graphics Design, Nursing, and even Paramedics. Everything was complicated until I discovered my what I love to do. I am Kevin Barlaan and I aspire to become an Architect.

As a kid I have always been hands on. I have always been fond of sketching anything I see or creating things out of my imagination. Through the years I developed precise hand drafting and modelling skills, and have gained sufficient knowledge on a few computer aided visual arts software such as Photoshop and Illustrator. My interest in Architecture predates to the time my Dad practise his career as a draftsman and project manager in the Philippines. Growing up, I saw him on his huge drafting table making some revisions on his hand drawn residential plans. Looking back, I used to imagine, visualize and draw out floor plans of my family’s dream house. With my childhood dreams and my acquired exceptional skills in art, I realized that this is my passion.

Throughout the three years I have studied at Sheridan, my perspective of Architecture has changed and broadened. From the past all I ever wanted to do was to design houses but now that I am aware of the bigger picture, things have changed. I realized that Architecture and design does not stop when the building is done, Architecture and design continuously relates to the community. As a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) advocate, I believe that we owe our environment a lot. All the pollution, toxic gas emissions, and other adverse effects must be taken as a concern and provided with a solution. Frank Gehry once said, “The approach to Architecture should be like science, with breakthroughs that create new information, not repetition of old ideas.” Based on Gehry’s inspirational quote, I aspire to be able to practice Architecture and design sustainable structures that studies different ways to exhibit community based relationships.