Erica Donnelly

Erica Donnelly

Washington, DC, US



I have always been excited about design. Through my architectural studies and travels, I have come to understand how deeply design can affect the quality of life, and this is one of the reasons I am passionate about architecture. I believe that architecture has the ability to better the lives of individuals and the communities in which they live.  Sustainable and architectural design, working together, can inevitably improve the quality of life.



Winmar Construction, Washington, DC, US, Marketing Associate

Compiling and Designing bid documents and project proposals, including AIA documents. Updating company website and social media. Designing all company artwork and merchandise. Assisting project managers with submittals, RFI's, walkthroughs, etc.

Aug 2013 - current

The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, US, Website and Research Assistant

Managed the revamp of the School of Architecture's website, including uploading content, creating and linking new web-pages, etc./ Researched and applied for grants. Focused on the completion of the LEED EB:O+M Certification for the Edward M. Crough Center for Architecture and Planning, via the LEEDlab Course. The building was the first School of Architecture in the world to achieve LEED EB:O+M certification through the efforts of students. As a research assistant (as well as LEEDLab participant) I worked on completing the remaining credits and tying up any loose ends in the certification.

Jan 2014 - Dec 2014

Baltimore Coffee and Tea Company, Annapolis, MD, US, Assistant Manager

Managing staff and maintaining a positive work environment. Costumer service and problem solving. Barista and Food Prep. Kitchen prep. Ordering food, supplies and merchandise for the store.

Oct 2007 - Aug 2013

ARKTX, Washington, DC, US, Summer Architecture Intern

Worked on CD sets, space plans, punch lists, site surveys, as well as some administrative work. Reorganized the materials library and worked with the different product representatives.

May 2012 - Aug 2012


The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, US, MArch, Architecture and Planning

-Spent a semester in Paris, France studying history, architecture and fashion, in which my final project was chosen for exhibit at the Grand Palais in Paris.
-Participated in a Design/Build project from inception to completion, including the physical construction of the project on the island of Inishturk, off the western coast of Ireland. The experience was filmed for a documentary, entitled "Tale of the Tongs," in partnership with National Geographic and the Mayo County Council.
-Studied under architect and Walton Critic, Claudio Silvestrin.
-Participated in the LEEDlab Course, in which we obtained LEED EB:O+M Certification for the Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies. This building is the first in the world to be certified by students.
-Focused on an in-depth study of renewable energy, specifically geothermal energy, and how it can be produced and distributed at a large scale. Traveled to Iceland (the leading country in geothermal energy production and distribution) to experience first-hand how this energy can be harnessed and applied at an architectural scale.

Graduated from a joint master program with my Masters of Architecture and Masters of Science in Sustainable Design

Aug 2012 - Dec 2014

The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, US, Bachelors, Architecture and Planning

-General College level course (literature, philosophy, religion, etc.)
-Four years of Architecture Design Studio
-General Architectural courses (history, pre-construction, construction, digital documentation, environmental design, etc.)
-Spent a semester studying architectural history and Urban Design in Barcelona, Spain.
-Studied American Sign Language.

Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Aug 2008 - May 2012


2014 Faith & Form/IFRAA Award, Award

The Spirit of Place 2013 Project, "Tale of the Tongs", has won a 2014 Award in the category of Student Work from Faith & Form magazine and The Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture (IFRAA).

Winning entries will be published in the Winter 2014 Awards Issue of Faith & Form magazine. An exhibition of award-winning projects will be displayed at the 2015 National Convention of the American Institute of Architects in Atlanta, Georgia, in June 2015, and the Awards Presentation will be made at that time.


AIA Merit Award in Architecture, Award

Tale of the Tongs, Inishturk, Ireland


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