Tya Winn

Tya Winn

Chicago, IL, US



I recently graduated with my Masters of Architecture and Urban Design and am eager to find the right fit with a firm where I will be challenged to push myself and acquire new skills as a designer.  I am interested in getting LEED Certification and eventually my Architectural License.  I am interested in a design firm that focuses on urban projects and ways to connect the site to the surrounding community.   I am also interested in the way the field of architecture and design connects with the people who consume, use and occupy what we create.  I am interested in spreading design knowledge to those outside of the field to create a better awareness and appreciation for the work that we do as designers.  I teach and mentor young artists and designers who may be interested in design career paths in my free time.  I also run and write for the All Black Everything Design Blog.



Logan CDC, Philadelphia, PA, US, Real Estate Coordinator

In executing its missions to stabilize the Logan neighborhood and enhance the quality of life, Logan CDC will use real estate development as a tool for neighborhood transformation. As on of the hallmarks of non-profit community development, this will enable Logan CDC to rehabilitate blighted commercial and residential structures, develop affordable housing, and generate income to sustain the organization over time. The Real Estate Development Coordinator will devise a comprehensive real estate development strategy, identifying development opportunities, challenges, and sources of funding.

Logan CDC’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for Logan residents and businesses though transformative community and economic development.

Key Projects:

Key projects include the Logan CDC Carlton Simmons Community Technology Center, the Logan Neighborhood Advisory Committee, a comprehensive downtown revitalization initiative, and development of the Logan Urban Renewal Area.

Nov 2011 - current

Marwen, Teaching Artist

Marwen is an art school on Chicago's North Side that provides art and design courses to underprivileged youth. As a teaching artist, I propose classes each term and then develop the curriculum and run the workshop for their students. I have taught Interior Architecture as of the Summer of 2011.

Apr 2011 - Nov 2011

Gap Inc., Visual Team Specialist

Designs merchandise presentation displays, completes floor sets and fixture build-outs, maintains visual aesthetics of brand within store for cohesive customer experience.

Oct 2010 - Oct 2011

Girls First at The Madeira School, Interior Design Instructor

Position as interior design instructor during two week summer class introducing teen girls to the field. Developed curriculum, taught basic studio skills, and lectured on history and design principles.

Jun 2010 - Aug 2010

R. Morgan Rolantz Architecture, Design Intern

Completed and updated construction drawings, documented and photographed existing conditions for work site, balanced accounts payable, managed payroll sheets, completed paperwork and documentation for a landmarked building, completed specifications books for all remodeling projects.

Jun 2008 - Aug 2008


University of Pennsylvania, MArch, Post Professional Degree Architecture; Urban Design

At Penn Design I was a member of the PPD Program under the direction of Winka Dubbledam. In studio we worked on emergent properties and digital design methods with Ferda Kolatan. I also took architectural theory with Manuel DeLanda looking at the philosophy of urbanization. For my urban design concentration I studied with Jonathan Barnett and Michael Larice. In my urban design studio we worked with a real client,, looking at the benefits to creating a super region in Central Florida to its economic, environment, and urban competitiveness. We presented our findings at the 2010 SuperRegional Leadership Conference and published a report that was used to look at plans for the High Speed Rail proposal for Florida that was green lit during the Obama Administration.

Sep 2009 - May 2010

Syracuse University, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

I was in the 5 year professional Bachelor's program at Syracuse University. I had a minor in Sociology with a concentration in Urban Sociology and Globalization. I spent time abroad under the instruction of Nick Boyarsky. In my time at Syracuse I also had Rickenbacker + Leung in an upper level, visiting critic studio on digital design. My Thesis was titled Opportunity and Intervention and looked at ways to create a culture approach to building design for specific communities.

Aug 2004 - May 2009

Areas of Specialization