BaBette Scheidt

BaBette Scheidt

Chicago, IL, US



As a senior designer for the bulk of my career I embrace the process of discovery, excel at managing and leading design efforts and remain passionate and dedicated to creating those moments that touch people.


• Outstanding Communication skills
• Motivated and able to motivate
• Excellent Presentation Skills; leading & executing
• Team Building Master
• Comprehensive knowledge of Complex Projects
• Independent and Creative
• Goal – Oriented Leader
• Organized and detail focused


Chicago Women in Architecture, Volunteer; Diversity Liaison & Scholarship Chair

I am so excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the efforts of the CWA. This not-for-profit organization is fabulous, dedicated to advancing the status of women in architecture and related areas and a perfect venue for networking with other women professionals.

As the Diversity Liaison I can tell you that my interaction with the leadership of AIA Chicago, INOMA and Arquitectos is motivating! We had a successful first event featuring inspirational discussion from 3 Chicago greats, Dina Griffin, Jacki Koo and Pat Natke and we are currently planning our second event (watch for news updates)

FYI; we are also working on bringing the mentoring profile into what we hope will go beyond the traditional model of . . . really excited -> confused -> frustrated ->dissatisfied -> the final stage of 'over it'

As for my role as scholarship chair I am going to be looking for the expert guidance of Deirdre Colgan who has done an excellent job shepherding this effort for the past 3 years.

May 2011 - current

Self, Artist

At an age when most children are learning to stay within the lines of coloring books, I was purposefully looking for blank pages and moments to create my own masterpieces. Inherently bold and individual, my art took shape through experimentation and training in various mediums but as adult life took hold, for a time my passion took a siesta . . . but the creative enthusiasm behind it always remained strong.

Fast forward to 2001; trained as an architect and interiors professional, I picked up a paint brush again to balance the cerebral constraints of my chosen field. Immediately reconnecting with the visual power and self-satisfaction of tapping into raw emotion, I was energized and eager to expand my personal path of discovery into abstract works inspired by and for clients, friends and family . . . using my design training and finely tuned understanding of the human spirit as a means to transform their stories, aspirations and often their favorite music into vibrant interpretations of a moment in their life.

Art is by nature very personal and quite subjective, but what I find most fascinating recently is that it is not only a vehicle that helps analyze self, at its best, art, if brought into the fabric of community, is a vehicle that strengthens and supports connections in a way unparalleled by any other I have experienced to date.

as a means of expression painting holds an undeniable connection to my emotions. The act of putting paint to canvas has always been and will probably always be the purest way I know to visually show what I feel

. . . no words required, no story to be spoken, just simple uncluttered emotion.

Jan 2011 - current

BaBette Scheidt, architecture . interiors . art + more, Designer, Owner

During these uniquely challenging times I have taken the opportunity to expand my skill sets by taking advanced rendering and animation, working on various pro bono projects such as the design and proposal for the greening of my condo building rooftop and becoming involved once again in the pursuits of Chicago Women in Architecture. In addition to these character building activities I been actively promoting my artwork, have joined Creative Circles network of Freelance Graphic Professionals to keep my presentation ability current and have secured a few interesting projects including a month long collaboration in Shanghai, China with Strabala & Woo Architects for a 2 Tower Competition in the Beijing Central Business District.

Jan 2009 - current

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Senior Design Architect / Interiors; Design & Technical

• Initiated/maintained collaborative communication with Design/Mngmt Partners & clients
• Exceeded client design and service expectations on a variety of project types and sizes
• Surpassed project/firm fiscal objectives consistently
• Resourcefully provided leadership to project teams on complex large scale projects
• Coordinated across disciplines to relay and ensure design intent
• Consistently brought projects in on time & within budget
• Provided creative direction and technical solutions to exceed client and firm goals
• Produced winning client presentations utilizing varying formats

Jan 2004 - Dec 2008


Sep 1995 - May 1999

Areas of Specialization