Shance graduated from Iowa State University in 2019 with a degree in Architecture and World Languages and Cultures, with a focus in Spanish. To perfectly combine his areas of study, Shance spent a year abroad in Segovia, Spain and Rome, Italy studying both Spanish and Italian architecture.
At Iowa State, Shance focused primarily on how an individual’s background and culture can influence the ways they interact with and experience a space. Shance also studied community development and communication in relation to architecture. In 2017, he met with members of the Baton Rouge community to discuss the renovation process of the neighborhood’s historic Lincoln Theater and they ways in which it would positively affect them. Shance completed his degree considering architecture as a response to human impact on the environment through natural processes such as phytoremediation and biomimicry.
When he’s not working on architectural pursuits, Shance enjoys painting, learning languages, and being surrounded by nature. While the built environment calls to him, you can also find him gazing up and appreciating the immensity of the sky and clouds.