Wud Aldulaimy’s interest in becoming an architect started in her high school 3D design class. “My mother encouraged me to take the class, and it was the reason I got interested in architecture,” said Wud. ”My teacher saw something in me and recommended I look more into architecture, and I never looked back.”
Wud, a graduate architecture student at the University of Michigan’s A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, is the recipient of MAF’s 2022 John and Katherine Banicki Scholarship. MAF’s Scholarship Committee cited Wud’s leadership at the University of Michigan as one of the factors in selecting her for the scholarship (Wud also received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from University of Michigan).
“I was a volunteer student ambassador with the University of Michigan office of undergraduate admissions for three years,” Wud said. “I helped introduce newly admitted students interested in architecture to the program. I also enjoy working with groups and collaborating with others, so the position was a good fit for me.” v
She continues, “As a first-generation college student, pursuing a master’s degree in architecture is one of my lifelong dreams,” Wud said. “Winning a MAF Scholarship will help me get a step closer to achieving my goals
One of the things Wud is enjoying most about her architecture degree program is having the chance to explore her interests while learning new things through her projects, and how the professors in her program are approachable and supportive.
What does Wud love most about architecture? “I love how architecture brings life into places, and how it is everywhere. When people visit a city or travel, they often visit a form of architecture. Architecture is part of our daily lives; creatures always interact with some type of architecture.
Wud’s passion for architecture is evident when she describes her favorite architectural work, the Hagia Sophia. “The Hagia Sophia is one of the most fascinating works of architecture to me. The story behind it and the beauty of it will never be forgotten.”
Photos, top to bottom: Wud; images from her portfolio; Wud, the day she received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from University of Michigan; interior and exterior photos of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Wud’s favorite work of architecture.