Year graduated from UIUC: Spring 2017 (M.Arch)
Firm where employed: LM Consultants, Grayslake, IL
Your Title: Architectural Associate
What are you working on these days?
As an Architectural Associate, I am currently training under architects and engineers in my firm to conduct physical due diligence. We investigate the property in question and analyze cash flow for investors. The reports we provide can directly impact the financial success of an acquisition. On the other hand, as a Business Development Associate, I work on the development of new business opportunities and maintain existing ones.
How well did ISoA prepare you for what you’re doing now?
I chose to be a part of ISoA because it allowed me the flexibility to pursue my varied interests in the field of architecture, construction management, real estate and business. Juggling classes from all these departments has prepared me to easily transition into the industry.
What one piece of advice would you give to our current architecture students?
Explore all the options and seek opportunities. It is important to understand that architecture is not only about design. Finance and coordination are equally important. I would encourage students to pick up some basic knowledge in these related fields. As architects, we are trained to imagine the nonexistent and then build. Thus, we must be capable of applying these skills to our own life –focus on your goals and then create the path to it.
Be stubborn about your goals, but flexible about your methods.
"Travelling allows one to explore out of their comfort zone and greatly helps in understanding how the differences in surroundings influences people and places" - Sudipta Rakshit
Name something you miss about school?
The fun-loving atmosphere of a college town.
Something you don’t miss about school?
The late nights and erratic sleep schedule.
"U of I has many professors that I adore" - Sudipta Rakshit
Did you have a favorite professor? Who was it and why?
U of I has many professors that I adore. Professor Poss allowed me to explore “crazy” ideas through design. Professor Sudarshan equipped me with the knowledge of structural analysis and made difficult seem easy. Studying and working under Professor Anthony taught me to notice issues that usually go unnoticed. Through Professor Deutsch, I learned the importance of networking in our profession.
If you could go back and do college over what would you do differently and why?
I would focus on the present instead of constantly worrying about the future.
Anything else you might like for us to know?
Outside of studio, I am an artist, dancer and an avid traveler. At 26, I have been to 21 countries and this has played a big role in shaping me as an individual as well as an architect. Travelling allows one to explore out of their comfort zone and greatly helps in understanding how the differences in surroundings influences people and places.