I am a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I earned both my BSAS and M.Arch. Upon graduation in 2009, it took an entire year to find a full-time job due to the recession. During that year, however, I never found myself unemployed and stayed busy. I worked small, short-term contracts doing everything from drafting work to building websites to managing a stock room at a clothing store. The first job offer I had came from Baltimore, Maryland. In less than 10 days, my life was packed up and moved half-way across the country. I have fought hard to get where I am today, and I intend to continue to fight to earn my license and beyond. Getting a job was not enough for me. I continue to look for opportunities to further my career. I plan to become a Green Associate and take the Structural Exam of the ARE before the end of the year.
I will be a great architect. I will not be stopped by any individual, firm or economy.