Kae Schwalber

Kae Schwalber

Anchorage, AK, US

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I am a M.Arch graduate at Syracuse University. I have a BFA in Fine Art with minors in biology and design from Washington University in St. Louis. My focus is in sustainable building and community contentious design. I am most interested in small to medium scale construction or renovation.



Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, Graduate Research Assistant

Worked with Hannibal Newsom | Helped research and design a rammed earth museum on Science Island in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Jan 2021 - May 2021

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, Teaching Assistant

Taught 20+ students as a primary instructor or education facilitator, in charge of grading and small group support, and some class lectures of 150+ students

Introduction to Architecture | Dr. Joseph Godlewski
Individual essay instruction; Introduced students to diverse authors

Architecture Building Systems III | Dr. Nina Sharifi
Lectured on material use; aided students in project iteration

Design Basics II | Professor Joel Kerner
Taught Adobe, Rhino, and development of individual design languages; aided in the remote learning transition

Representation I | Professor Aurelie Frolet
Taught hand drawing and architectural basics remotely

Aug 2019 - May 2021

Syracuse University, Graduate Research Assistant

Worked with Lori Brown | Mapped the conditions of the US Boarders. Gathered biographic information of Women Architects for Wikipedia

Aug 2018 - May 2019

Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO, US, Metal, Wood, and Printmaking Monitor

Taught and maintained safety procedures in 3 different shops.

Aug 2015 - May 2018

Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Teaching Assistant

Taught classes on Human Centered Design to students under Alix Gerber to international students, and to first generation college candidates. Focused on user research techniques, ideation, and presentations of final works, fostering confidence and understanding the design process

May 2017 - Aug 2017

Creative Reaction Lab, Saint Louis, MO, US, Marketing and Outreach Associate

Head of website design, social media presence, and community engagement for CRX, a creative nonprofit that teaches equity centered design to the community, specifically Black/Latinx high schoolers. Utilized marketing tools, communicated with community members, taught how to limit inequality by utilizing design

May 2017 - Aug 2017

United States Geological Survey, Anchorage, AK, US, Intern for Sandy Talbot Ph. D

Developed Loon Microsatellite Markers to determine population delineation of Yellow Billed Loons to decide placement on the endangered species list

Aug 2012 - May 2013


Syracuse University, MArch, School of Architecture

Aug 2018 - May 2021

Washington University in St. Louis, BArch, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art

BFA in Studio Art 2018
Minors in Biology, Design

Aug 2014 - May 2018


King & King Architects Design Competition, Honorable Mention

Recognized for our Comprehensive studio project Work to Play


NOMAS Design Competition, 1st Place

Co-lead the Syracuse University team and Co-Presented at the NOMA 2019 Conference , winning as a new chapter and first time competitors. I was instrumental as a co-leader in bringing the best of the group’s ideas into a cohesive design goal. As the presentation creator, I designed the slide deck and scripts. I was congratulated for presenting with strength and clarity.


Walt Disney Imagineering Competition, Honorable Mention

Designed a “ghost town revitalization” in East St. Louis


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