Year graduated from UIUC: BSAS, 1986
Firm where employed: Related Midwest
Your Title: Vice President
What are you working on these days?
In my position I have the pleasure of working on many of Related Midwest’s projects both on the market rate and affordable side. Currently, much of my time is dedicated to the redevelopment of Lathrop Homes, which is a rehabilitation of a CHA property along the Chicago River into a mixed-income community with 1116 units. I am also working on what we refer to as the 78. It is a 62 acre site located at Roosevelt and Clark in Chicago. Chicago currently has 77 neighborhoods and our goal is to create Chicago’s 78th.
How well did ISoA prepare you for what you’re doing now?
Even though I am not practicing architecture I believe that my degree from ISoA was an important factor in how I approach my work. I often say that Architecture is the best college education that you can get. It is a rare combination of the arts and science that I would challenge anyone to name another degree that covers so much territory on both sides. ISoA had a unique balance of both that really taught me how to think critically.
What one piece of advice would you give to our current architecture students?
Think outside the box about your career opportunities. They will be well prepared for many paths.
Name something you miss about school?
Something you don’t miss about school?
Did you have a favorite professor? Who was it and why?
Carolynn Abst. She was exactly what we needed senior year. Smart, strong, thoughtful and fully engaged with her studio. We had an incredibly tight group and Carolynn was no small part of why.
If you could go back and do college over what would you do differently and why?
While 20/20 hindsight is supposed to give one the perspective to answer a question like this, I think my only answer is nothing. It was a great and imperfect trip. Just like life.