Arlen's interest in architecture initiated when he took up an apprenticeship for a master carpenter in the Berkshires, MA. Using various skills and tools to renovate a house, he was exposed to the different phases of the construction process. He was one of the first graduates of the Architectural Technology Program at Springfield Technical Community College in 2006 and continued his education by enrolling in the Bachelor of Architecture program with the Boston Architectural College in 2007.
The BAC's unique concurrent curriculum, expedition of the licensure process, and design freedom encouraged in the classroom is what most attracted him to the institution. Arlen notes that the opportunity to get involved and have a voice in the direction of the College have been an immeasurable part of his BAC experience. His service as President (2010-11) and Past President (2011-2012) of Atelier, and projects such as the Curio House, BAC and Tufts Universities Solar Decathlon (2009), The Ecotopian House, (2010-2011) and the BAC Student Lecture Series, (2009 - 2012) have all had an immediate impact on his educational goals and growth as a student leader.
Arlen was awarded the Designers Lighting Forum Scholarship, where he attended the International Lightfair in Philadelphia in 2011. This experience led to a deeper exploration of lighting design, manufacturing products and technology; as well as taking an active role in the lighting discussions at the office. Arlen was awarded the A. Anthony Tappe Fontainebleau Travel Award to study just outside Paris, France during summer 2012.
Arlen entered Degree Project in the spring semester 2012 and is expected to graduate in fall 2012. He is employed as a Junior Architect at CBT Architects, working on office, academic, civic and restoration projects. In Arlen's spare time he enjoys traveling, hiking, basketball, dancing and Lebanese food.