Ben Kocarnik

Throughout my childhood I had always loved playing with blocks and designing, the best a child could, all sorts of different things. As I grew older it switched from blocks into Legos. I spent so much time building these sets, just to take them apart and build my own ideas. I continued my attraction to design with anything I could get my hands on. Anything from recycled parts from an old household appliance to lumber that was left behind from an old construction sites “trash.” I really liked physically building things and taking them apart to see all the different things I could think of, but my favorite thing to do was draw, it gave me the opportunity to not be limited by any lack of materials. Out of everything, my favorite things to draw and design were homes and other small building types.

As time went on with my captivation into architecture, I found out that I had the opportunity to participate in some high school classes dedicated to architecture and one of its programs. As soon as I had taken some of those classes, I knew that architecture was meant for me. After I graduated high school, I attended a local community college, Lewis and Clark Community College, to acquire my associate degree. From here I went onto Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and to earn my Bachelors. I am currently still studying for my master’s degree. I plan to graduate here in August 2021 and continue on to receive my architectural license.