From the time Matthew Troia was a young boy playing with LEGO building blocks, his passion for architecture steadily grew. While studying design and architecture as an undergraduate at Arizona State University, he learned about Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's association with IIT College of Architecture. Troia also highly regarded the work of alumnus David C. Hovey (ARCH '67, M.S. '71), as well as projects done by other IIT alumni, and decided to enroll in the master's architecture program.
"The defining moment for me thus far was presenting my studio project in S. R. Crown Hall, a building that I have always admired," says Troia. "I felt honored to be able to work in it and to present there."
Given his academic focus on the relationship between architecture and real estate development, Troia notes that the program is providing him with a good balance of education in design and in the technical aspects of construction and business. In an Independent Study course, Troia helped to analyze the overall value that a contractor receives from using Building Information Modeling software and 3-D MEP coordination.
"This is exciting because it is the future of smart construction and holds great promise for higher efficiency in the architectural and construction industries," he says.