The summer program at the NY Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies was one of the most challenging and unforgettable experiences in my life. For eight weeks I was fully immersed in my individual project “Layering Public Spectacles: Rethinking the Great Pedestrian Experiment on Times Square.” Supervised by prominent architects such as Kevin Kennon and Julia Choi, I had the unique opportunity to learn in a professional and inspirational setting. I developed analytical, design, and graphic skills, and presented my final work in front of a jury of international architects, sociologists, and writers. The Institute introduced me to conceptual and progressive architectural thinking and helped me evolve as a young designer. Currently, I am continuing my work on the project in the form of a senior thesis, and I am applying for graduate schools for architecture.