Woodbury University alumnus Demetri Darmos graduated from the Master of Science in Architecture, Real Estate Development, program (MSArch RED) at the Woodbury San Diego campus.
At Darmos Architects he develops residential buildings in California and other regions. We caught up with Demetri to find out how his education at Woodbury University prepared him for his role as an architect and developer.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments both personally and professionally?
Pursuing my passion of architecture and development. Following through with my passion of architecture and development.
How did your time in the MSArch RED program at Woodbury University help you to pursue your work as a developer?
I had the opportunity to learn from great minds who supported me in applying their knowledge and experience.
What do you like best about working as a developer?
I enjoy the opportunity to design and create spaces that I envision from start to finish.
What projects have you worked on that you’re most proud of?
Kings 826, a 25 unit multi-family project in West Hollywood, California and a 200 unit mixed-used project in Toronto, Canada. Both projects will be under construction in the fourth quarter of this year.
What have been the biggest challenges in your career? Did your experiences at Woodbury University help you to overcome the obstacles you’ve faced?
Architecture and development is a puzzle; you have to find the piece that fits appropriately. I discovered that there is always a creative solution behind each and every issue you encounter – the rule book is quite vast. Studying at Woodbury School of Architecture under Ted Smith allowed me to understand that ‘no’ doesn’t exist and that there is always another route to take to reach your objective.
What advice would you give to younger alumni or current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
Make sure to spend time to understand the importance of community inclusion in every project.
What would you say to a prospective student who is considering the MSArch RED program at Woodbury University?
You will get a unique experience from creative and dynamic professionals. Woodbury School of Architecture provides you with a one-of-a-kind experience that fuses the business world with the creative world.
What is your lasting impression of studying architecture at Woodbury University?
My experience at Woodbury University surpassed my expectations as a student and gave me the tools I need to enter this industry with confidence. I also was able to create wonderful relationships with my instructors/mentors and fellow students.
Describe Woodbury University in 3 words.
Intimate. Innovative. Divergent thinking.