Serghei Sari Terzi – Architect in Training

Following a 2006 visit to the Grand Canyon, Serghei Sari Terzi decided to make the big move to Phoenix from Moldova located in eastern Europe.

In addition to a Bachelor of Finance degree (Banking and Stock Exchange) from his home country, Serghei decided to pursue an Associate Degree in Architecture. He recently completed his Master of Architecture at Arizona State University. Married to Olga who came to the U.S. with him, they have a daughter, Valeria, who is a first generation U.S. Citizen in his family. His journey into architecture is so fascinating, I’ll let him share it in his own words. But first…you might want to grab a tissue.

“When I came to the United States for the first time, I was very impressed with the architecture here. Skyscrapers, highway bridges, and huge airports were something that I had never seen in my life. I could not believe that these were man-made structures. So, despite the fact that I had a different professional background, I decided to start a new life here and I set a brand new goal for myself to become an architect — no matter how long it takes. I wanted to be a person who designs those amazing buildings. So today, I’m as close to my dream as ever. I will soon receive my Master’s degree in Architecture, I work at Drewett Works — one of the best architectural firms in the U.S., and I finally do what I love.”

Wow! We’re thrilled to have Serghei as part of the DW team. [grab tissue, dab tear, blow nose]. And this man’s passion for architecture is undeniable.

Let’s get to know Serghei a little better.

What aspect of your profession gives you the greatest gratification? Feeling that work is not work anymore. It is a hobby.

What is your dream project? To design a church.

Favorite music/song/musician when you are working? Michael Jackson’s music

Favorite music/song/musician when you are relaxing? Michael Jackson’s music

What one life lesson have you learned so far, and what does it mean to you? Think twice before you say something. The word is not a bird. It flies away, and you can never catch it back.

Favorite architect? Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright

Any other interesting tidbits? I am a big fan of classic cars from the 1930s and 40s. I own a 1940 Plymouth Coupe, and I can’t wait until I finish restoring it.

Greatest accomplishment? I came to the U.S. not speaking English with just $300 in my pocket but rich with my dreams and goals. The main one was to become an architect. So here I am, close to my dream…thanks to Drewett Works. [Actually…Serghei…we think you’d have met your goals no matter where you landed! And we are thrilled you landed at DW.]