This portfolio includes a selection of designer Allison Conley's academic and professional work. Across a range of scales, from small tangible objects to large scale interiors and architecture, her work is characterized by a sensitivity to site - environment, landscape and urban context. She is constantly inspired by nature, art and the energy of the city.
Allison attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received a Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture in 2009. During undergraduate, she spent a semester at l'Ecolé Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris, her first taste of architecture education and a full emersion in the French language.
She continued her architectural studies at Washington University in St. Louis. In June 2012 she was awarded the first SCDA Scholarship and Summer Internship to work with SCDA Architects in Singapore. Her passion for culture and travel lead her to spend the following semester in Buenos Aires, working on a school proposal in a slum, a complete departure from the luxury design she practiced a few weeks before in Southeast Asia. Allison completed her Master of Architecture degree in December 2013 and was awarded the AIA Medal of Honor for scholastic achievements, character, leadership, and promise of high professional ability. Allison was awarded 1st prize in the AIA Chicago Benn-Johnck Award competition in July 2014. The invited competition was open to select graduating masters students from a number of universities.
Allison works with Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill in Chicago specializing in super-tall mixed use and residential towers. She was on the design team for the 'Nordstrom' tower in NYC by developer Extell at 57th and Broadway, under construction to be tallest residential tower in the world. Currently she is working on the World Future Energy Expo 2017 in Astana , Kazakhstan designing an art museum. Smith Gill encompases architecture, planning and interiors, and is locally and globally renound for performative sustainable design.
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Chicago, IL, US, Junior Architect
Allison works with Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill in Chicago specializing in super-tall mixed use and residential towers as well as cultural projects. She was on the design team for the 'Nordstrom' tower in NYC by developer Extell at 57th and Broadway, under construction to be tallest residential tower in the world. Currently she is working on the World Future Energy Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan designing an art museum. Smith Gill encompasses architecture, planning and interiors, and is locally and globally renowned for performative sustainable design.
Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO, US, MArch, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, US, Bachelors, Interior Architecture
l'Ecole Speciale d'Architecture, Paris, FR, Study Abroad
AIA Chicago Benn-Johnck Student Award, 1st Place
The Benn Johnck Student Award was established in 1982 by William Benn, AIA, as a lasting tribute to his business partner, Frederick Johnck, AIA. Select architecture schools (Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Washington University) are invited to participate and to select up to five graduating students to enter the competition. Allison's degree project, Perceived Fragmentation, was selected from 26 invited student entries for the first prize.
AIA Medal for Excellence in All Efforts, 1st Place
Annual prize awarded by Washington University in St. Louis to a graduating graduate student based on scholastic achievements, character, leadership, and promise of high professional ability.
Constantine E. Michaelides Scholarship, Scholarship
Scholarship in the name of former Washington University in St. Louis dean Constantine E. Michaelides, this monetary scholarship is awarded to one student each year selected for academic merit.
Founded by Washington University alumni Chan Soo Khian, SCDA is an award winning architectural practice in Singapore. Starting in the year 2012, one undergraduate and one graduate student were selected by application to the dean for this award. The summer internship program exposes students to not only the work of SCDA, but also Singaporean culture and the Southeast Asia.