Samuel Lima - Alumni Stories from the Department of Architecture | Judson University Christian College
Sam Lima

Samuel Lima

Architecture, 2008
Graduate Architect, Kil Architecture and Planning
South Bend, IN,


What do you do in your current job and what do you enjoy about it?
I work on the designs of a wide variety of buildings, from affordable housing to university architecture. I love being able to tackle different challenges each day, and use my mind to solve problems. I also enjoy working with my co-workers to come up with solutions that are practical, durable, and beautiful!

How did your Judson experience influence you professionally? What were your favorite parts of being a Judson student?
At Judson, I came to the realization that I never want to try to become a famous architect. Several of my professors (particularly Dr. Miller, Dr. Amundson, Dr. Ogoli, and Prof. Earnest) helped to instigate a shift in my professional focus, away from being individualistic or focused on making an unprecedented architectural statement, and towards doing the best work I possibly can, regardless of whether or not I'm noticed for it. Some of my favorite experiences at Judson were in Wilson Hall and the architecture studio (the places where I spent over 90% of my time). I met many unforgettable people in those two places, and value the contributions that they have made to my life.

What are the strengths of your major/program at Judson?
Judson's architecture program is one-of-a-kind. It is one of only a few architecture schools found within the context of a Christian university. The architecture history courses at Judson are incredibly robust in an age when history is often marginalized in schools of architecture, and the focus on environmentally and socially responsible design at both the building and city scale is commendable.

What advice can you give to current and prospective students about their time at Judson?
Take the time to avail yourself of some of the amazing professors at Judson. Get to know them and you may find a mentor or build a relationship that will last beyond your time as a student. Be passionate about learning, but also take the time to serve others and be a good friend. Finally, trust in God whether you are joyful or weary, and He will make a way for you.

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