Cynthia Trefilek

Cynthia Trefilek

Chicago, IL, US



My name is Cynthia Trefilek and I am a passionate architectural designer currently looking to gain employment in an architecture + design firm that continuously challenges the means of architecture.  I define architecture at a multitude of scales from furniture to skyscrapers to installations. I am enthusiastic in concepts of fabrication and creating with techniques in digital manipulation, 3D printing, laser cutting, handcrafting, and model making.  I believe that design can change the way we live, work, play, and feel despite the size of the project.  

I have a Master of Architecture from the University of Kentucky and I recently graduated in December 2013.  I was originally born and raised in Chicago and also have a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois - Chicago.  I have experience in all aspects of the design process from schematic design, design development, to construction documents. I also have experience in the production of documents and measurement of as-built / existing hospitals and hotels in the Chicago area as well as in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.  

I have had the opportunity to live in other countries such as England and France for two to three months at a time, as well as travel to a variety of places in Europe and all over the US.  Traveling is a lifelong passion that has also helped shape who I am as a designer.  


True Design Services, Inc., Chicago, IL, Senior CAD Designer

Production of as-built / existing technical documents for the VA Hines Hospital, as well as hotels in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Utilized skills in AutoCAD, laser measurement, and collaboration with hospital and hotel authorities.

Aug 2011 - May 2012


University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, MArch, Master of Architecture

Aug 2012 - Dec 2013

University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL, BArch, Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Jul 2007 - May 2011


Ezra Gillis Graduate Tuition Scholarship - University of Kentucky, CoD, Scholarship


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