Architectural designer with strong, mixed practice (architecture & landscape architecture) and theory background. Focused on conceptual design, architectural communicability, and diverse design approaches as an instrument of developing shared culture and disciplinary transparency.
Interested in architectural, design, art direction, creative project management, team leadership and teaching positions.
I was born the daughter of an interior designer and the grand-daughter of a carpenter and home-builder in Joliet, IL and this early exposure to design led me to the pursuit of an architectural education and career beginning in 2002. The architectural obsession has led me to many schools, including Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Illinois - Chicago and Princeton University. Always an endeavor in adventure and a search for intellectual fit, the winding path also led me to many employment experiences from wedding florist, to sales account executive at a trucking company and design assistant at a landscape architecture firm. Recently, I was simultaneously a tour guide in the city of Chicago and a cadet at the architecture studio, Bureau Spectacular. Doubling down on seasonal employment once again, I spent the summer of 2012 sleuthing Princeton's libraries as a research assistant and interning on-site and on the boards for a residential project at Studio Hillier in Princeton, NJ.
I am in my thesis semester, which will complete the second of two years in the Master of Architecture Program at the School of Architecture at Princeton University. I expect to earn my M.Arch and graduate in June 2013.
Princeton University School of Architecture / Professor Paul Lewis, Princeton, NJ, US, Assistant Instructor
Assistant Instructor for introductory level architectural design studio, ARC 204, taught by Paul Lewis.
Princeton University School of Architecture / Professor Jeffrey Kipnis, Princeton, NJ, US, Assistant Instructor
Assistant instructor for Jeffrey Kipnis' introductory architectural theory class entitled 'What is an Architectural Idea?'
I teach two classes per week. The students lead these sessions with discussions on course lectures and assigned readings and I supplement with short lectures and provoking questions. The students also participate in a class blog (started by myself and a teaching colleague), which you can view at: http://couplarchideas.wordpress.com/
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, US, Research Assistant
Summer research position in which I assisted Professor Papapetros with preliminary research of a rare manuscript collection, book references and illustrations and also some copy-editing.
Studio Hillier, Princeton, NJ, US, Architectural Intern
Summer internship, during which I handled a small residential renovation project in the town of Princeton, NJ. I carried the project from site analysis through to schematic design, producing all as-built drawings as well as a set of design proposals.
Bureau Spectacular / Jimenez Lai, Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Ensign (Intern)
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Research Assistant
Research assistance and drawing production for a forthcoming publication on interior urbanism in Chicago, IL.
Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc., Wilmette, IL, US, Design Assistant
Provided all manner of design production assistance to the design staff of this established Chicago area landscape architecture firm. Assisted in all phases of project development, from site analysis to final presentation - managing orthographic representation, rendering and project administration along the way. Also responsible for several small residential projects as project manager.
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, US, MArch, Master of Architecture - Advanced Standing
Graduation expected in June 2013.
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Bachelors, B.S. Architecture
This fellowship funded my participation in the 2012 summer design workshop, 3rd Athens Workshop: Reclaiming Eleonas in Athens, Greece.
Full tuition fellowship for the duration of graduate study, 2011 - 2013.
Nancy Gislason Award: Honorable Mention, Honorable Mention
Honorable mention and award for Seeds, Year End Show, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Architecture, Spring 2011.
Alpha Rho Chi Medal of Merit, Other
Awarded upon graduation from the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, June 2011.
Netsch Scholarship, Scholarship
Awarded March 2011 for excellence in architectural academics.
Undergraduate Talent Tuition Scholarship, Nomination
Partial tuition scholarship, awarded four consecutive semesters between 2009 and 2011, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Architecture.