Darguin Fortuna is a Bachelor of Architecture candidate at the BAC. He is originally from the Dominican Republic, where he studied at Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD). It was there that he discovered his passion for design, specifically architectural design. " I have always wanted to make a huge impact in the world and I noticed that we all inhabit spaces and architecture is the way to go to make the most remarkable impact," says Darguin.
After two and a half years at UASD, Darguin made the move to the United States, finally settling in Salem, MA. He completed his ESL certificate at North Shore Community College and enrolled at the BAC very soon after. He says that being able to communicate effectively in multiple languages is one of his biggest accomplishments. At the BAC, Darguin says that his reviews have reaffirmed his decision to study architecture and only produce more excitement about the next project, whatever it may be. "If you love architecture, it will love you right back," he remarks.
As a student who is familiar with both a part of the world largely unaffected by modernization and the modernized Western world, Darguin states that he appreciates differences in environment and perception. Because of his own awareness of the impact and connections that architecture can create, he is able to balance the factors of design that are responsible for our appreciation of the world. For him, being involved with groups that work creatively to solve social problems is an important part of design.
Darguin serves as a Student Representative (2013-2014) for Atelier, where he is able to communicate the students' problems and work creatively within the school to solve issues that face the student body. Among his three jobs, he is employed with Native Landscapes. Darguin is the recipient of the 2012 Creative Exercise Scholarship and the 2012 Bob Scagliotti Scholarship.