Chapin High School’s Jace Moran | Photos courtesy EPISD
Three recent CCTE graduates are well on their way to a successful design career after sweeping the National Association of Women in Construction local design competition.
Chapin High School’s Jace Moran earned top honors while his CCTE peers Sarah Lopez, a recent Franklin High School graduate, and 2021 Coronado High School graduate Carla Sanchez took second and third place respectively. Moran advanced to the Pacific Southwest regional competition where he took second place.
“To be able to say that I did as well as I did in a competition and provide a tidy portfolio of my current work, would greatly help me in continuing down this path,” Moran said. “I intend to continue studying architecture in college at Kansas State University and do it as a career in the future.”
The contest required students to design a rowhouse — a tall but thin house that shares walls with similar structures — for a family of six in Brooklyn, N.Y. Moran put a creative spin on his entry, using a renaissance revival style rowhouse commonly built in New England.
“One of the notable pieces of inspiration I had was the movie ‘Ghostbusters,’” Moran said. “Both the cornices and the side details were inspired by the Ghostbusters firehouse.”
He was ecstatic about taking first place for two reasons:
“On one hand, moving up to the next level sounded really exciting, and of course, making it to the top was my main goal,” Moran said. “But the greater feeling was the idea that someone I’ve never met before the competition believed my work was good. It’s a great feeling to be validated over something you worked so hard on and put so much time and effort into.”
Recent Franklin grad Lopez created a traditional home with modern elements in a style that portrays growth and life of a family of six that included three young children – balancing a Renaissance style with a modern-day cottage.
“Ever since I was little, my passion for architecture was growing although I didn’t quite realize it at the time,” Lopez said. “To have won second place just validate that this was something that I was capable of and that I can truly make it in this industry.”
Lopez plans to attend EPCC for her first two years before transferring to Texas Tech University to major in architecture and architectural engineering. She’s even planning to minor in business to manage budgets and project costs to further prepare her to enter her dream profession.
“This program helped me gain two certification – the OSHA 30 certification as well as the Revit certification,” she said. “This alone will help take my first steps in this industry. This program did not just help me get certified but also help gained experience and gave me the chance to meet many other students and architects that were once in my shoes. Thanks to these experiences, I know more or less the hurtles and obstacles I need to get through.”
Story by Reneé de Santos – El Paso ISD