Samantha Sheppard

Samantha Sheppard

Chicago, IL, US

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I am a recent graduate wanting to gain exposure to the processes and operations of architectural practice. I intend to continue developing design methods that focus on building and improving cities for social change and public good by recognizing and establishing the quality of spaces as a human necessity and right. 


Morris Architects Planners, Chicago, IL, US, Intern Architect

Primarily working on performing arts spaces and residential projects, duties include all aspects of project design and development, scope and program development, project management, construction documentation, permit documentation, 3D modeling, rendering, and design presentation.

Oct 2018 - current

MANA INC, Chicago, Architectural Associate

Short term position working on a design competition for a highly innovative master plan for a new neighborhood on the site of old rail yards in Germany. The program included a large expansion of their park/ green space, educational facilities, affordable housing, a new cultural hub, and a future thinking mobility plan. I worked on all parts of the project, which included research, programming and analysis, schematic design, graphics creation, and project management.

Oct 2018 - current

RE/MAX Cornerstone, Chicago, IL, US, Administrative Assistant and Graphics Specialist

Graphics work included creation of guides to Chicago neighborhoods, home
brochures, social media graphics, GIS graphics and data analysis, and graphics for
website development. In the real estate sector, duties included client outreach, updating and creating listings, working on closing documents, creating new realtor and new client curriculum, and organizing office work-flow documents.

Jul 2017 - current

DWDW, Chicago, IL, US, Design Intern

Duties included designing interior elements, interior spaces, furniture and fixture design for residential, restoration, commercial, and dining projects. Gained experience in general schematic design, communicating with clients, preparing construction, millwork, permit set drawings, and historical preservation permit requirements.

May 2017 - Aug 2017

Illinois Institute of Technology Residence Life, Chicago, IL, US, Resident Advisor

Duties include helping students become oriented and comfortable in the school and
city, planning programs for students to meet and interact with other students, offering university or personal resources and contacts to students with inquiries about school/organizations, and mediate students with academic or relational concerns.

Aug 2015 - May 2017


Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL, US, BArch, Architecture

Professional Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch), 2018
3.54/4.0 GPA, cum laude
Specialization in Digital Design

Aug 2013 - May 2018

The Why Factory (T?F), Delft, NL, Architecture

Study Abroad Program for 1 Semester. Studio: OnTheGo

Aug 2017 - Dec 2017


John Marshall Law School Fair Housing & Lending Course Scholarship, Scholarship


Neveling Fellowship for Architecture, Grant

Travel Fellowship for Urban Design in Kiel, Germany


National Association of Women in Construction Scholarship, Scholarship


AIA Chicago Award Student Design Competition Nominee, Nomination

For Obama Library Project


Bright Star Community Outreach Center Design Prize, 2nd Place


Droste Travel Scholarship, Scholarship

Travel Scholarship to study at the Why Factory at TU Delft, Netherlands


Illinois Institute of Technology Heald Scholarship, Scholarship


Dean's List, Other

Fall 2014, Spring 2015, F2016, S2017, F2017, S2018