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Daniella Ruiz

Country: USA
Course: Architectural Design
Program: One-Year Course
Period: May 2, 2023 – Dec 7, 2023

My name is Daniella Ruiz. I am a recent interior design graduate from Paier College. During my undergrad, I’ve placed in various design competitions, attended design workshops and conferences, and interned at an interior design firm. Studying architecture at Italy's Accademia Riaci will allow me to explore the Italian perspective of all thing’s art and design, build a network of people in my desired field, and opens doors to a wide range of personal and professional opportunities.

May. 16, 2023 | Posted in Reports, Interior Design , | Tags:, Reporter: Daniella Ruiz | Course: Interior Design

Architectural Design One-Year Course (#1) – Daniella Ruiz

Week 1 Summary – My first week in Italy was filled with lots of adventure and learning! We had our first couple of lessons in architecture and explored different parts of Italy!
Architectural Design blogMonday, May 1 | After an almost nine-hour flight and two-hour train ride, we finally made it to Florence, Italy! We checked into our apartment then got a bite to eat at Mercato Centrale. After that, we walked to Academia Riaci so we knew how to get to school for orientation the next day!
Architectural Design blogTuesday, May 2 | Today was orientation day! As soon as we walked into school, we saw our competition projects framed on the walls! During orientation, we learned about the school and the way of life in Italy! It was super informative and helpful!
Architectural Design blogTuesday, May 2 | After orientation, we went back to Mercato Centrale to get some groceries! There were so many options, and everything looked fresh!
Architectural Design blogWednesday, May 3 | Today was our first day of our architectural design lesson! Our professor started the class with a presentation showing the works of famous architects from all around the world! I saw some familiar faces as well as new architects! Then he assigned our first project – a Villa! For the rest of class, we began space planning!
Architectural Design blogWednesday, May 3 | After class, we had lunch at Canto de’ Nelli with one of our classmates! We all got to know each other a little better and shared a great meal! I had lasagna and it was delicious!
Architectural Design blogWednesday, May 3 | After lunch, we explored the streets of Florence! We made a list of different places we would like to visit while we are here!
Architectural Design blogThursday, May 4 | My roommate, Edwin, decided that he would like to be the chef for the trip! Tonight, he made chicken parm with spaghetti! I had three plates!
Architectural Design blogFriday, May 5 | Today we went to the Santa Croce Basilica complex! We saw the Pazzi Chapel, the Last Supper, the Old Sacristy, the Medici Chapel and the Sala del Pozzo! It was so amazing to see the painting, statues, and architecture in person!
Architectural Design blogSaturday, May 6 | We started our day at the Duomo! We learned about the history and why the interior is less decorative than the exterior! My favorite part was the painting on the ceiling of the dome! There were so many details and vibrant colors!
Architectural Design blogSaturday, May 6 | We ended our day at the leaning Tower of Pisa! As you climb to the top, you can feel that the building is leaning! The view from the top was amazing!

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