Cole Bennette
AIM Foundation Forty Acres Scholarship 
Forty Acres Scholars Class of 2020
Houston, TX
High School
Carnegie Vanguard High School

The EPA estimates that the average American spends around ninety percent of their lives indoors. While this is a disheartening amount of time not spent outside, the statistic calls attention to the importance of the places and spaces that we live in. This is what drew me to architecture. As any little kid does, I frequently changed future career paths from jobs like police officer, doctor to firefighter, and more adventurous occupations such as race car driver, rock star, and president of the moon. However, around fifth grade I discovered what an architect was: a designer of space who manipulated elements of structure to create habitable buildings. Later on in my teenage years I discovered the hit rom-com, How I Met Your Mother and wanted to be Ted Mosby so bad I couldn’t stand it. Now, as an architecture major in college, I see the incredible responsibility architects of the future have as the world dramatically changes. I used to want to design the tallest building in the world, but now I want to design sustainable housing for those living in shantytowns in developing nations. Working with local communities, I want to help develop energy-efficient homes that are practical for widespread construction to slow the tides of climate change. I want to work with major American cities and be a part of the revitalization of inner cities that is giving vibrant culture to our once desolate urban cores. Architecture can change the world and I want to be a part of it. Now, of course I can’t do all of these things. These are all design problems that will take many lifetimes and countless minds to solve, but that doesn’t mean I won't try. UT has been the school of my dreams and I hope to take advantage of everything this school has to offer so I am equipped with the skills necessary to make the biggest impact.


Other Academic Interests 
Art History, Visual Arts

What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program (FASP)? 
The biggest thing that drew me to this program was the potential. The University of Texas has a nationally recognized architecture program that is impossible to overlook. Additionally, the Texas Exes is a fantastic organization with the students at the front of their mind. Furthermore, the camaraderie and togetherness I saw in the cohorts above me was something that I was looking for and can say that I am now a part of.