Elizabeth P. Cerny

Elizabeth P. Cerny

Minneapolis, MN, US



As a current senior at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, I am a very dedicated and passionate student of architecture. As I plan to graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Architecture, and minors in both Construction Management and Sustainability Studies I plan to be a diverse and integral part in my future profession.

My professional goal is to create innovative and resilient designs with focus on low environmental impact. This type of design will lead to both functionality and improvement in the design field, which I hope to be an essential part of.


AIAS | University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, US, Co-Outreach Coordinator

Seek out and provide opportunities to create a branch between AIAS students and the professional community including firm tours, AIA events, and site visits. This is done to encourage student to create professional relationships and help students to witness first hand the profession they will one day be a part of.

May 2014 - current

University of Minnesota | Capital Planning & Project Management, Minneapolis, MN, US, Assistant Contract Administrator

I assist with contract + bidding of projects on various University of Minnesota campuses. Common day-to-day duties include ensuring correct flow of pre-construction documents, project file creation, and correspondence with project vendors. There is often exposure to project management, construction processes, and best value procurement in an office or on-site environment. I also help maintain the UMN CPPM website ( to keep information on current + completed University projects updated and available to the public.

May 2013 - current


University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, US, Bachelors, Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Fall 2014 will be the start of my senior year in which I am well on my way to completing the BS Architecture program along with minors in both Construction Management and Sustainability Studies.

BS Architecture - (
The curriculum surrounds the completion of 4, six-credit intensive design studios with specific themes of material/construction methods, site, program, and urban design. Along with this I have taken varying design technology courses, environmental technology, structures, varying architectural history electives, and materials/construction methodology courses. My studies of Architecture here at UMN-TC have been very well-rounded and fulfilling, which I believe will help me succeed in my future as a graduate student as well as a future participant in the professional world of architecture.

Construction Management - (
Construction Management has beneficially supplemented my architectural design studies by infusing an understanding of the technical and management sides of construction, bridging a gap between design and construction. This knowledge helps me be a better designer through both a wider knowledge base and an understanding of a trade so closely tied to the practice of architecture. With courses in construction building codes, jobsite safety, plan reviewing, construction estimating and contract documentation I've branched out beyond the theoretical design taught in Architecture school and seen the physical creation of design and the challenges it faces/creates in construction.

Sustainability Studies - (
Sustainability is very important to me. With the built world being one of the largest global impacts on the environment I believe that through studies of architecture specific sustainability and innovative technologies the environmental impacts of the built world can greatly be reduced, all while having a more beneficial influence on the communities it touches. I have studied sustainability in terms of psychology, construction material use, socio-cultural context, and sustainability's impact on natural resources.

Sep 2011 - current


Beyond Self + Towards Excellence Scholarship Recipient, Scholarship

"To support full-time undergraduate students in the College of Design with a preference for students studying or interested in Finnish design and architecture." [Supports 1 year of Undergraduate studies]


Oilgear Ferris Foundation Scholarship Recipient, Scholarship

"The future we look to will be in the hands of our children. The way our children work out that future will depend on many things - the early training we give them, the example we set for them, and the sense of values we instill in them. Some young people choose careers that require short specialized training or "on-the-job" experience. Others will need a college education to equip them for their work ... The Foundation is able to award three scholarships on the basis of their application information and transcripts." [Supports 4 years of Undergraduate + Graduate studies]


Anders Segerdahl Memorial Scholarship Recipient, Scholarship

Based on high school standings, application information, and community involvement. [Supports 4 years of Undergraduate studies]


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