Mari Vicente

Mari Vicente
Hometown: Morganton, NC
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture; Minor in Mathematics

How did you become interested in architecture?
Growing up, I enjoyed playing with large legos, making pillow forts, drawing, and doing random DIY projects. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I thought about pursuing a career where I could design and create. In my first two years at UNC Charlotte, I took an interest in civil engineering due to my fascination with math. However, after a few courses, I realized I wanted to be an architect and express my artistic side by designing structures. Above all, I became interested in architecture because of my parents, especially my dad. His passion for architecture made me realize I wanted to follow in his footsteps and design. 

What kind of career do you hope to have?
I’m currently working with the Planning, Design, and Construction unit within Facilities Management at UNC Charlotte which has sparked my interest in working on higher education projects. I hope to continue working on higher education projects or healthcare projects at a firm in Charlotte. I’d also be interested in going into the film industry and creating set designs. Ultimately, I hope to become a licensed architect and open my own firm one day.

What is your favorite thing about UNC Charlotte, the College of Arts + Architecture, or the School of Architecture?
My favorite thing about the CoA+A is the tight-knit community. Students in the School of Architecture are always supportive of each other and professors are always glad to help out students with any questions. 

Do you participate in any community activities or work in the Charlotte arts/design community?
For the 2021/22 year, I was the Architecture ARTS rep, representing the School of Architecture along with other representatives from across the college. 

When you are not in class, studying, or working, what do you like to do for fun?
In my free time I like to work on DIY projects, paint, solve puzzles, hike, and watch every crime show there is.