Leeann Wacker

Leeann Wacker

Chicago, IL, US

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Architectural assistant at Skidmore Owings and Merrill. Strong design sensibility with a high level of attention to detail and visual representation.  Interested in the intersection of architecture, art, science, and other disciplines.  There is potential in spaces that have yet to be explored.


Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Intern

Working in Daniel Gillen’s studio in a collaborative intense environment to develop design iterations and expressions for international clients. Rapidly producing quality documents with a small team with Rhino, Autocad, Revit, Enscape, 3D printing, and hand sketching.

Aug 2018 - current

School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Milwaukee, WI, US, Teaching Assistant

Visualization 282 w/ Assistant Professor Kyle Reynolds
Guiding undergraduate students through Autocad, Rhino, and the Adobe Suite while developing their architectural drawings, model making, and visual representation skills. Reviewing and grading student work.

Visualization 283 w/ Assistant Professor Nikole Bouchard
Weekly reviews of undergraduate student work focusing on visual representation while working with he Adobe Suite and Rhino. Tutorials on Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.

Aug 2017 - May 2018

Kahler Slater, Milwaukee, WI, US, Architectural Student Intern

Working with the Higher Education team to create dynamic new designs and renovations for YMCA buildings, The University of Wisconsin System, and city planners. Creating diagrams, site analysis drawings, plans, and 3D models in Revit, Sketchup, and the Adobe Suite.

Jun 2017 - May 2018

Community Design Solutions, Milwaukee, WI, US, Design Assistant

Developing pre-design materials for a range of clients. Creating schematic designs in Revit, Rhino, and hand drafting. Meeting with clients and actively listening to their requirements and requests to provide them with designs that exceed their expectations.

Aug 2016 - May 2017


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US, MArch, School of Architecture and Urban Planning

Aug 2015 - current

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US, Bachelors, Peck School of the Arts

Jan 2008 - May 2011


Super Jury Thesis Award, 1st Place

Selected by a jury of guest critics as the top thesis project.

Ellie Abrons [Architect, Principal of T+E+A+M, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning}
Lori Brown [Architect, Author, Associate Professor at Syracuse University]
Tricia Stuth [Professor at University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design]


Super Jury Merit Award, Award


Super Jury Nomination, Nomination


Urban Edge Award, 1st Place

Awarded by Walter Hood


Lillian & Willis Leenhouts Memorial Scholarship, Scholarship


New Graduate Scholar Award, Scholarship


Clarice George Logan Travel Scholarship, Scholarship


Areas of Specialization