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Students of Tomorrow

T.J. Flatley and Sophie Boyce

Inside the College of Architecture, Design and Construction Management, hands-on, project-based learning inspires and empowers students.

T.J. FlatleyT.J. Flatley
Construction Management ‘15

A native of Braintree, Mass., T.J. grew up in the construction industry. As a result, he loves construction sites. He remembers sitting with his grandfather and watching houses being built “for hours.”

While visiting colleges as a high school student, T. J. looked for a construction management major. He didn’t find many. He first turned his attention toward Wentworth because his father is on the board. “Wentworth is the best known and most respected program in the (construction management) industry, so I decided to apply.”

Now a sophomore, T.J. enjoys his major for several reasons.

“At Wentworth you get right into the meat of things -- for example, studying estimating and surveying as part of my freshman and sophomore year classes.” T.J. also appreciates that his professors are experts in their fields. “Getting an education from the pros in their fields is very reassuring.”

T.J. knows that when he graduates, he’ll have a degree and the certifications he will need to succeed. “I like that my courses are integrated, broad based and cover all the various aspects of the construction field. I’m learning a lot about construction as well as how the business is structured. We see the perspective of the owner and the site manager.”

T.J. talked about his favorite professor, Ilyas Bhatti (“He helped me get acclimated to Wentworth and to the construction management major”) and his favorite class, estimating (“It’s a tough class that I know will pay off in the long run”). Key learning experiences have taken place in the building construction labs. “Freshman year was very hands on,” he says “We built frames, put up studs and built walls, including the brick work.”

T.J. is happy to be a part of the Wentworth community because he feels included in everything. “There are so many things to do and so many people to meet. I’ve made great friendships here.”

Sophie BoyceSophie Boyce
Architecture ’13

A Maine native, Sophie likes Wentworth’s small campus. “I think of Wentworth as a family, where you are not just a number. The professors know your name and want to help you, and other students are just like me. They are committed to hard work and they know what they want.” When not studying, Sophie is a resident assistant and a member of the tennis team. After graduation, Sophie is planning to attend graduate school.

Sophie likes her major, architecture, because of the hands-on nature of the work. From the very start, Wentworth students take architecture courses. At some schools, freshmen take all their liberal arts requirements first, and don’t get a chance to experience their major.

Sophie’s favorite professor is Susana Pereira Devoe, a studio teacher. “Professor Devoe is a high –energy person with good suggestions on how to think outside the box,” Sophie says “She is a WIT alum and I like that.” Sophie’s favorite class right now is in color theory. “It’s a very hands-on, stress-relief class that involves a lot of painting and learning about composites that are pleasing to the eye,” she says. When asked about an important learning experience, she talks about Senior Studio. “We learn how to put together models, and that means learning about structures,” she says. “I’m learning about what goes between the ceiling and the next floor, the HVAC systems, plumbing and electrical. We are also learning how to make architecture drawings pleasing to the eye and not just a set of lines.”

Sophie loved her co-op experience, during which she worked on institutional and residential projects. The owner of the company put Sophie in charge of a very large project to design a new façade for a college in Maine. It was the first time Sophie was able to put her conceptual design skills to work as a professional, not a student.