For Luke Marot, a voracious learner with multiple interests (engineering, graphics, composing music), college was one big knowledge buffet. The problem with so much abundance is that it makes narrowing down choices difficult. “I started with mechanical engineering, then switched to business. I changed my major three or four times,” he recalls.
Luke earned his B.A. in 2012 from Cedarville University in Ohio. But after graduation, he wasn’t so sure he’d made the right decision, having settled on electronic media, with an emphasis on videography. The job market for what he planned to do was hard to compete in for someone with no work experience in the field.
He finally decided to return to school to study architecture. From a handful of community colleges, he chose Forsyth Tech’s Architecture program. It didn’t take long before Luke knew he’d found his niche. “I soon realized how highly regarded the program is among people in the field,” he recalls. “Forsyth Tech has beaten four-year schools in statewide competitions five years in a row. So, as far as preparing students for the real world, what comes out of the little architecture studio in Snyder Hall is on par with what big four-year colleges are doing.”
In May 2015, Luke graduated from Forsyth Tech with an AAS degree in architecture and plans to eventually earn a master’s degree in architecture from UNC Charlotte. In the interim, he’s gaining professional experience. In addition to working as an architecture lab tech two evenings a week, he worked for Winston-Salem architect Joseph Oppenheimer, whose work involves preserving historic buildings.
On February 1, Luke started a new job with SPEVCO, a company in Pfafftown that builds customized marketing vehicles, such as semi-container trailers outfitted as mobile display spaces. As a conceptual designer, he works side by side with engineers, creating 3-D computer models of trucks the company builds specifically for each client.
Summing up why architecture continues to appeal to him, Luke says, “It’s one of the few fields that combines science and art. The science, math, combines with design and space planning to achieve the desired feel and function of a structure.”