Selfie of Travis Schneider
Travis Schneider playing bass with some friends at a jam session on the UT campus.
give us a little background about yourself.
A. I’m a 4th year undergraduate architecture student at UT Austin. I’m from Dallas suburbia, I was a band geek in high school, and I decided I wanted to be an architect back in elementary school.
why did you join Solar Decathlon?
A. I joined because I felt ignorant about the essential sustainable technologies that will control the future of the architectural profession; there is no better way to correct this ignorance than participating in the specification and construction of a zero-net-energy, zero-net-water house.
what is your role in the UT-TUM team?
A. My role is to work-out and draw comprehensive details of the home’s construction, as well as to spearhead much of the architecture committee’s collaboration with interiors, landscape, engineering, and the professors.
what have you enjoyed most about your experience so far?
A. My favorite aspect of the work so far is the series of spontaneous, table-top design discussions that occur between members of the various committees and the professors. Anticipating and solving problems with back-and-forth sketches and debates, followed eventually by agreements, is an educational and rewarding experience.
what are you most looking forward to in the coming year?
A. Spending time at the competition in Irvine this fall, witnessing and participating in the immense public exposure of our work. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I’m greatly looking forward to.
what do you think the impacts of Solar Decathlon (or hope) are on the industry/architecture/the general public?
A. I hope the Solar Decathlon can do for the architectural profession and the public at large exactly what it is currently doing for me: breaking down the perceived and real esotericism of sustainable design and technologies, so that we don’t merely think they are a good idea, but also have the education and exposure to implement them in our buildings and in our lives.
how do you like living in Austin?
A. Austin is a dynamic and lively place to live; people from every walk of life are trying to make a living here, and the inevitable intersections and interactions of culture leave everyone more worldly than they were yesterday.
who is your favorite architect?
A. Peter Zumthor
where do you see yourself in five years?
A. I see myself in five years as a licensed architect, living in a city and contributing to the work of a good firm. Hopefully I’ll be playing bass or piano in a band on the side.