When I came to LA for FSA, I didn’t know quite what to expect. In fact, I don’t think anyone did. But we were all excited about the idea of looking at architecture and education in a new way. In the end, it was an empowering and transformative experience. It restored a bit of my faith in architecture - or rather, gave me hope for its future. This might seem a bit dramatic, but it created a space to talk about architecture unlike any other that I have been a part of. The FSA brought together many different perspectives from around the world, and then gave the time to cover a wide variety of topics. It let me consider what place I want to make for myself within architecture, without the constraints when working in a firm or expectations of a typical educational environment. It was a productive pause, full of people ready to have real conversations and surrounded by an endlessly interesting city.