Year graduated from UIUC: 2014
Firm where employed: CannonDesign, Chicago
Your Title: Senior Associate
What are you working on these days?
I am working on the construction administration phase of a replacement hospital in northern Wisconsin. The project is about 350,000 square feet, including a hospital and a medical office building. Targeted date for substantial completion will be early summer 2018. Besides project, I am assisting with fee and schedule proposal for a RFP. I also developed a "how-to guide" on IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health, the authority having jurisdiction for healthcare projects in Illinois) submission and review process for the Health Studio in the Chicago office.
"The Track 3 M.Arch program...was very flexible and allowed me to focus on pursuing my interests in healthcare" - Annie Sit
How well did ISoA prepare you for what you’re doing now?
Very well. I was enrolled in the Track 3 M.Arch program, which took 4 years to complete. Although it seemed long, the program was very flexible and allowed me to focus on pursuing my interests in healthcare. For example, I did three independent study research projects with Professor Worn. Each project concentrated on a specific topic in the field of healthcare design, from evidence-based design, pre-design research/programming, to the development of imaging technology in western medicine. These learning experience were so unique and gave me a different perspective on healthcare architecture.
Photo: Annie Sit with Jim Skalla, Vice President at CannonDesign (and
also a proud alumnus of ISoA!)
What one piece of advice would you give to our current architecture students?
Listen, observe, and be open-minded.
Name something you miss about school?
Working on studio or class projects with friends.
Something you don’t miss about school?
Scheduling time slots to use the laser printer near the end of semester. There were so many students but only 4 laser cutters were available.
Did you have a favorite professor? Who was it and why?
I am fortunate to learn from many professors at ISoA who are experts in their field of studies. Three of the professors continue to inspire me - Professor Bill Worn, who always challenges me to think critically and encourages me to explore new ideas; Professor Kathryn Anthony, who is a strong advocate for equality and diversity in race and gender in our profession; Professor Randy Deutsch, who is a great mentor and provides a lot of guidance for my career growth.
If you could go back and do college over what would you do differently and why?
I would spend more time with family and friends, eat well, and exercise more.