Conrad Szajna

Conrad Szajna

Chicago, IL, US



My full name is Conrad Jacob Szajna (Shy-na) and I am an architectural designer and avid traveler based in Chicago. My career in Architecture began at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where I received my Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 2008. During the final year of my undergraduate career, I had the privilege of working at Norcon Inc., a construction management company, as an Assistant Project Manager working on custom high-end residential homes. After graduation, I spent the next two years at Schroeder Murchie Niemiec Gazda-Auskalnis (SMNG-A) Architects working primarily on CPS/PBC elementary schools as a Junior Architect. I am currently registered with NCARB (the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) working toward my licensure as a professional architect and have 92 hours remaining to complete my Intern Development Program (IDP) requirement. I recently finished up my last semester at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) where I received my Master Degree in Architecture in May of this year.



conradJACOB, Chicago, IL, US, Architecture + Logo & Identity Design

LOGO & IDENTITY BRANDING / Free-Lance Graphic Designer
Marketing for a Commercial Real Estate company and a logo for a theater company
Chicago, IL : Present

BATHROOM RENOVATION / Free-lance Contractor
Damaged by fire; scope of work includes the removal of all plumbing fixtures, drywall, and subfloor. Mount Prospect, IL : 2012 June 01 - 30

ENTROPY HOG BARN / Free-lance Carpenter
Performed detailed millwork to a custom +4000 s.f. single family home designed by Alexander Hartray. Albion, IL : 2012 March 18 - 24

Jun 2012 - current

Graham Resource Center, IIT, Chicago, IL, US, Assistant to Head Librarian

Assist staff and students in the use of Centers’ resources and equipment and perform routine clerical duties related to the operation of the GRC. Teaching Assistantship awarded for final academic year

Oct 2010 - current

SMNG-A Architects Ltd., Chicago, IL, US, Junior Architect

A significant member of the PBC+CPS sponsored program “Modern Schools Across Chicago” which involved the schematic design of more than twenty new elementary schools; created presentation and constructions documents, physical models, and maintained the firm’s website. 92 IDP hours remaining

Jun 2008 - Jun 2010

Student Recreational Facility, UIC, Chicago, IL, US, Supervisor of Intramural Sports

Managed on-campus sporting events and was responsible for interviewing and hiring new employees.

Oct 2006 - May 2008

Norcon Construction Inc., Chicago, IL, US, Assistant Project Manager

Performed cost analysis and documented project reports on certain high profile projects within the city. Handled and led own bid for a bank canopy restoration project.

Oct 2007 - Apr 2008


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

Aug 2010 - May 2012

University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2004 - May 2008


Teaching Assistantship, Award


Pavilion Project, 'LIFTED CUBE', selected for year end show, IIT., Other


Dean's Scholarship, Scholarship


Finalist for Norther Island Nature Center Design Competition, UIC., Nomination


Interspace Models selected for year end show, UIC., Other


Areas of Specialization