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OFS alumn on path to becoming an architect

Updated: Jul 27, 2023

In December 2022, Operation Fresh Start alumnus Ismael Cid will graduate from Madison College’s Architectural Technology program. In this two-year program, he has learned to draft architectural plans, address challenges in the building industry, and has gained an understanding of building codes and structural analysis. Ismael also completed an internship with Affiliated Engineers, Inc., where he helped with placing data ports and setting up server racks.


Ismael’s goal is to become a licensed architect. In Wisconsin, that requires having seven years of architectural experience (including his two years of education) and passing an exam through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.


“Becoming a licensed architect is the big dream, for sure,” says Ismael, “It’s a daunting task, but I feel like I have enough support here that I won’t have to worry too much.”


Ismael is referencing his full-time internship with Knothe & Bruce Architects in Middleton. He says the work he’s doing here correlates very well with what he learned at Madison College, especially when it comes to setting up construction documents.


Ismael Cid (right) with his boss at Knothe & Bruce Architects, Kevin Burow AIA, NCARB, LEED AP.

Joining Operation Fresh Start


“It’s kind of amazing to be here compared to where I was five years ago,”