Colleen McDonough

Colleen McDonough

Pittsburgh, PA, US





Pieper O'Brien Herr Architects, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Intern Architect

May 2014 - current

Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Independent Contractor

I worked as an independent contractor on various projects including Pennsylvania River of the Year (ROY), Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), and a DOT TIGER grant. My duties included developing websites using WordPress, research, planning, grant writing, development of business plans, and designing presentations.

Sep 2013 - current

Peace Corps, Kyrgyz Republic, Kashka Suu, Teaching English as a Foreign Language Volunteer

I worked in a small village outside the Kyrgyz Republic's capital city of Bishkek. I worked with a local Kyrgyz teacher to prepare curricula and lesson plans and teach secondary level classrooms.

Apr 2013 - Oct 2013

KSBA Architects, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Intern

I was an intern for a Pittsburgh-based architectural firm specializing in call centers. While working here my roles included creating architectural models of the firm's designs using Google Sketchup and working on construction documents using Bently Microstation.

I also worked extensively on marketing projects, creating, designing, and assembling presentations, proposals, charts, brochures, business cards, website mock-ups, and project information guides using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

May 2010 - Apr 2013

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Teaching Assisstant

Acted as a volunteer teaching assistant for day-long art and architecture classes and camps at the Carnegie Museum of Art. I aided in teaching art to the eight to ten-year-old age group, which comprised of taking the children around the museum's art galleries, and teaching them about the basics of drawing, form, and shading.

I also aided teaching architecture to both the high school level and eleven to thirteen-year-old age group. While teaching the eleven-to-thirteen age group, we took field trips to analyze the architecture and history of downtown Pittsburgh, visited the Heinz Architectural Gallery at the Carnegie Museum, and I helped the students complete terrain models and final projects based around temporary communities.

Jun 2009 - Aug 2009


The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), University Park, PA, US, BArch, Architecture

I attended and graduated from The Pennsylvania State University's Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture with honors from Schreyer Honors College.

In my time at Penn State, I sought to experience a diverse range of classes inside and outside the school of architecture. I took time to become a certified English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutor through the local adult education center and the university's language arts department.

I participated in a Humanitarian Engineering Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) class that required students to work on engineering projects for Kenya, and the course also encouraged me to learn the basics of welding.

I also had the opportunity to study architecture abroad in Rome, Italy. I spent four months there learning about the history of architecture in Rome, exploring urban routes, and attempting to speak Italian.

Aug 2007 - May 2012


Architecture Student Ambassador, Other

I was chosen as part of a group of students from various years, designated to lead prospective student tours around The Pennsylvania State University's Stuckeman School of Architecture.


Thorp Competition, 1st Place

A group competition based in Rome, Italy to design a significant monument celebrating Italy's 150th anniversary of unification in and around Piazza Venezia.


Alma Heinz and August Louis Pohland Scholarship, Scholarship

A scholarship given to an undergraduate student of architecture, at The Pennsylvania State University, who manifests promise of academic success.


The Hajjar Competition, 2nd Place

A competition to feature works of art from the Barnes Museum, in Philadelphia, in a home that reflected the nature of the paintings.


Penn State University Bell Charrette, 2nd Place

A competition to relocate the historic Old Main bell at The Pennsylvania State University, sponsored by the graduating class.


National Concrete Masonry Association Competition, 1st Place

An eight week competition to design an experimental theater featuring concrete block. The competition was sited amidst the now defunct Bethlehem Steel blast furnace.


Corbelletti Charrette, Honorable Mention

A drawing competition focused on using non-computer-related skills to produce a design board that best and most creatively addresses the need of the competition prompt.


Undergraduate Research at the Capitol Presentation, Other

I received the honor of being able to present my undergraduate architectural work at Pennsylvania's State Capitol in Harrisburg.


Corbelletti Charrette, Honorable Mention

A drawing competition focused on using non-computer-related skills to produce a design board that best and most creatively addresses the need of the competition prompt.


Areas of Specialization 


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