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The Tech Center’s Architectural Design & Modeling teacher Gerald Markel recently received the Centennial Medal from Philadelphia University for his role as a mentor and outstanding teacher.
Markel was nominated for the award by Brian Schwenk, a Tech Center graduate and Philadelphia University freshman who credited Markel with inspiring him to pursue a degree in construction management.
In his nominating letter, Schwenk praised Markel for providing “real world experience and insight in the field as he is a licensed, practicing architect. He also focused on and taught us the importance of green technology.”
As a result of the skills he learned in the Architectural Design & Modeling course, Schwenk said he was able to “land a paid internship at JMV Engineering in Manhattan as a draftsman.” He said Markel continued to be a mentor to him throughout the internship.
Schwenk said Markel challenged the class by assigning projects with specific objectives such as designing the most eco-friendly project or making the best use of space. “He also broadened our horizons by introducing us to other careers in the field and inviting guest speakers to our class to talk about what they do,” Schwenk said.
Philadelphia University presented the Centennial Educator Award to Markel at its opening day Convocation in August. Architectural Design & Modeling gives students a head start in the fields of architecture and engineering as well as an introduction to computer simulation, design visualization and animation. Students learn to use state-of-the-art software including AUTOCAD, REVIT, INVENTOR, and 3DS MAX.
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