Shannon Benya

Shannon Benya

Pittsburgh, PA, US



I am currently a 5th year Bachelor of Architecture student at Penn State University. As a young, enthusiastic and experienced individual, I seek a company that values the integration of design disciplines in a creative.

As a young graduating architect, I hope to gain experience with various types of projects working in a collaborative and dynamic environment; by creating connections and relationships that will generate extraordinary design work.

The interchange between disciplines is vital in the design profession and is becoming easier with the evolution of BIM. As a student participating in a collaborative interdisciplinary BIM studio, I can offer digital design skills and project integration.

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in design and to the future of the profession. As an environmentally conscious individual planning to become LEED certified after graduation.

In past internships, I have been exposed to several different design strategies along with numerous different building typologies. My experience includes knowledge and application of Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD, and the Adobe Design Suite.

As a positive and self-motivated individual, I am very opened and eager to learning any and all aspects of the field.


Residential Development and Construction, INC., Pittsburgh, PA, US, Assistant Project Manager

On location liaison for company. Assists in supervision of construction and handover procedures. Prepares and coordinates submittals, change orders and requests for information. Created on site construction sketches.

Aug 2012 - current

JMAC Architects, Pittsburgh, PA, Architectural Intern

Developed schematic design, prepared design development and construction documents. Met with various clients, discusses goals and preferences. Completed site visits and documentation. Coordinated documents for reviews. Analyzed building code requirements. Worked predominantly in Autodesk Revit and the Adobe Design Suite. Firm focused on residential, hotel and commercial design.

May 2012 - current

Benya Designs, Owner

Creates graphic designs for various client needs.
Designs decorative glassware and tableware.

Sep 2010 - current

The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), State College, PA, US, Art Instructor

Instructed and assisted students in creating designs and executing projects in Wood Chip Carving, Pen and Ink and Batik classes.

Sep 2010 - Oct 2012

JPT Architects, Johnstown, PA, Architectural Intern

Prepared construction documents and schematic design. Created construction documen sets. Participate in meetings with clients, site visits and site documentation. Worked in Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD and the Adobe Design Suite. Firm focused on healthcare design.

May 2011 - Dec 2011


The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), University Park, PA, US, BArch, Architecture

Concentration in:
Theater Design

Aug 2008 - current

Areas of Specialization