Coming into the Architecture program at UW with a 3D modelling and political science background, Alex has always been interested in the connections made in society and how technology can improve these connections. Growing up in the United Arab Emirates, Alex witnessed the explosive growth of the Persian Gulf coastal area through the 1990s. This experience has played a huge role in influencing the values and questions that are influencing his career. What is the price of rapid growth and how does that affect a culture that has not seen growth like this before? When not in studio, Alex is active outside. biking or skiing. When the weather does not cooperate he spends time indoors with friends or playing video games.