Architectural Engineering 2023

Joanna PoonHi, my name is Joanna! I am currently in Architectural Engineering, class of 2023

Waterloo Engineering in one word:

Innovative.

I chose engineering at Waterloo because…

Waterloo’s new program, Architectural Engineering, intrigued me as it is one of the few institutions in Canada that offers it and provides an equal balance of both my interests – design and building science. I like that Waterloo engineering is packed with challenges that push students to reach our full potential, while also providing a multitude of resources and support. Their co-op program attracted my interest as well, providing two years of opportunities for gaining experience and exploring new paths!

The best thing about my program is:

It exposes us to design starting right from day one. Our first day of class began with Design Days where we were challenged to collaborate in teams to design and physically build a piece of furniture specific to its given site and environment. We also have our own studio as a space to learn, work and be creative in, which I personally think is pretty cool!

About my co-op experience:

My first co-op was with EllisDon, a major construction company in Canada. I worked as a project coordinator on site for a high-rise residential condo development in Mississauga and was exposed to the “behind the scenes” of construction and many planning processes. Not only did I learn about managing the building of a structure, I was also able to build relationships with my co-workers and hear about their experiences in the same industry. During my second co-op, I was graced with an amazing opportunity to gain international experience by working with an architectural firm in Hong Kong! It was great being able to apply all my design software skills learned from past academic terms into my work and projects. This experience also allowed me to explore the city of Hong Kong and be exposed to its culture, food, and beautiful architecture.

I wish I had known before I came..

There are so many clubs and teams to participate in! It is true that Waterloo Engineering is extremely busy and can be challenging at times, but it is still important to keep a healthy balance of working, studying and taking breaks. Another thing is that you are not alone! Seek help from professors, TA’s and the community around you – Waterloo provides many resources to encourage and help you pursue your goals.

Outside of the classroom, I'm involved with:

Engineering Ambassadors, Engineering Society, Women in Engineering and CCF (Chinese Christian Fellowship)!

One more thing about me:

I love art, bullet journaling, and music (currently practicing my ukulele skills!).

Contact me: j22poon@uwaterloo.ca

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo