Ann Morrow Johnson '14
Joint Degree: Architecture; Internship: Walt Disney Company
SOM’s student body is so diverse—you have people from finance and architecture, people from the nonprofit sector and people who have lived all over the world, all bringing their various perspectives.
My learning team was working on a case for our Operations class. I was in a group of four people sitting in a study room, and it was amazing how the different personalities evolved into natural places: there was somebody who had a complete handle on the inner workings of operations; there was somebody who was very good at making sure that everyone’s voice was heard. We knew each other and we knew the ins and outs of how we work. By the end, there were calculations and thoughts and ideas all over the whiteboards around the room.
At SOM, when we’re trying to understand a problem, the first step is to take a step back and try to see it from different perspectives from your own. That allows you to think of new solutions. And SOM’s student body is so diverse—you have people from finance and architecture, people from the nonprofit sector and people who have lived all over the world, all bringing their various perspectives.
As an architecture student, I’m excited about moving into a campus designed by Norman Foster. It’s an open, glassy structure surrounding this great courtyard, and it’s going to have a number of gathering spaces: the courtyard, a dining hall, smaller lounge areas, and breakout rooms outside of the classrooms. The building is designed to enhance the way that SOM students interact.
Interviewed on April 9, 2013.