Thomas Kulesia, II, the founder of No Coast Design in Elkhart, Ind.—the self-proclaimed “RV capital of the world”—once had visions of becoming an architect. He even enrolled in the architecture program at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. But the reality of the structures he knew he would eventually spend of his time designing, meaning schools, hospitals and other institutional facilities, became harder and harder for him to accept. Eventually, he left the program and returned to Indiana.
“I left in 2004,” said Kulesia. “I was old enough to realize that I wasn’t going to be able to make architecture the profession I wanted it to be.”
Kulesia’s time at Texas Tech wasn’t wasted—far from it, in fact. There he discovered his passion for and the importance of creating visual, computer-generated graphics/renderings for the buildings he wanted to design.
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