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Sustainability is top career choice for architecture major

By Sam Hoefler
On April 6, 2017

Jordan Collmann is one of the outstanding students this year for the Architectural Technology program at Kirkwood Community College. 

Collmann, from Urbana and a graduate Center Point-Urbana High School, said he did not originally start his college career as a Kirkwood Eagle. 

“I originally went to the University of Northern Iowa at first,” Collmann said. “I spent one semester there and decided that I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do and not wanting to pay the university prices, I came here instead.” 

Collmann, who was attending UNI for Business, changed his major to architectural technology once he enrolled at Kirkwood.  

“I had become interested in architectural design through my high school,” he said. 

While in high school, Collmann said he completed a series of courses about architecture through Project Lead the Way. “Doing that helped me get interested in the field and I definitely thought I could do it,” he said.

Collmann said his time at Kirkwood has definitely been for the better. “I loved the professors here at Kirkwood. They’re great at everything they do and really helpful in finding jobs and internships,” Collmann said. 

Being in the final stages of his program, Collmann has come a long way. He said when he started the Architectural Technology program, he was doing basic design program. According to Collmann, his skills have progressed “to do the projects on our own and right now we’re actually designing a dormitory.” 

When recalling his fondest memory at Kirkwood, Collmann didn’t hesitate. He said, “Me and four others were chosen to go down to Florida to present a project to the National Association of Homebuilders. The team ended up placing in the top half, doing really well for being the first-year Kirkwood has done that. In addition, the team won the rookie of the year award from NAHB.” 

As for right now, Collmann is working at Altorfer getting his feet in the water by building hydraulic hoses. 

With his graduation coming up in May, Collmann said he is busy with his current job and still searching for the right job after Kirkwood. According to Collmann he is looking for a job where he can “help build for a more sustainable future.”

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