Thomas Ramirez, Architecture

Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) – East Los Angeles College, California

I believe our environment plays a large role in the way people live. In the urban context, architecture and design are key components in shaping that environment.

My overall hope is to contribute to building a better world in order to have a positive influence on people’s lives. In an effort to reach that goal, I’m currently studying architecture at East Los Angeles College to gain a deeper understanding of architecture and design. By the end of the year, I plan to apply to a Master of Architecture (M. Arch) program.

While at AECOM, I’m also gaining a perspective of what it takes to bring design into the real world. The vast corporate structure of AECOM is itself a testament to that endeavor. The office in Downtown Los Angeles not only has an architecture practice, but also interior design, landscape architecture and urban design. A multi-disciplinary approach can provide better, more holistic solutions to problems that are often complex and multi-faceted.

Working for a company such as AECOM is genuinely exciting for me.