Global Alumna Profile: Victor Azevedo

UVA Career Center – March 23rd, 2017

This month we're profiling UVA alumna Victor Azevedo, a graduate of the Architecture school. Victor Azevedo studied at UVA as an international student originally from Manaus, Brazil and was also involved with the French House during his time in Charlottesville.

What did you do after graduation?
l Iived in Delhi for 6 months where I worked in an Architecture Office then I started my masters of Architecture at Columbia University.

Why did you choose India? How did you find this opportunity? 
I like to say that India chose me. It was an opportunity that emerged after an A-School study abroad program the summer before my graduation where I spent 6 weeks in India, studying its architecture and designing conceptual projects. That program was organized by some Uva Architecture professors and a Uva alumnus that now has his own practice in New Delhi. At the end of the program I was offered a position at his office.

What was your favorite part about India?
The food and the generosity of the Indian people. 

What was the biggest lesson you learned while living and working in India?
The world is big. In fact there are many different worlds and different realities that coexist within this planet that we live in. I really appreciated how different India was and how far that was from the reality I came from. It was a dreamy experience.

What advice would you give to students who are looking to work or study abroad in India?
Be aware that living in a place is not like going on vacation. you are going to have to deal with it daily, hear all the noises, all the smells, do all the haggling with rikshaw drivers and street vendors. You will experience India as a regular Indian Citizen would experience - except it will be clear to everyone else that you are a foreigner. But do it, you will grow more in 6 months than you had in 4 years.

What’s next for you?
Graduating from my master's program and opening my own architecture practice in the coming years.