I receive outstanding service from local companies, like UpClose Marketing and Printing, Champaign Appliance Company, Mosser's Shoes and Country Arbors Nursery. Their prices are not higher, and it matters to them that their customers are satisfied. Plus I'm helping keep good companies in the town where I live.
I'm an architect with fifteen years of experience in the profession, licensed since 2005 and a LEED Accredited Professional since 2008. I've been project architect and project manager on large projects and small, private sector and public sector. I've been LEED team manager on a five-story mixed use retail/office/apartment building and a member of many LEED certification analysis teams. While working at Henneman Engineering, I spearheaded the effort to develop their company's 3D Building Information Modeling Revit master template file and initiated some WebEx training sessions for new users. I use Autodesk's Revit building information modeling software to produce everything from color renderings to day-lighting studies to construction documents with material take-offs and costs.
My Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Architecture were earned at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During my junior year I studied in Versailles, France, where I learned valuable lessons about frugality and efficiency. My teaching experience includes an assistantship during graduate school teaching AutoCAD to my classmates. I also taught AutoCAD at Kankakee Community College near my home, where I developed from the ground up my own lecturers, quizzes, and lab exercises. Lately, I've guest-lectured to the students in my local K-12 schools about the energy saving features of their respective buildings.
I'm USGBC Students' Regional Chair of Region 6, giving back to my profession by mentoring college students in down-state Illinois as they develop their career paths in the building industry.
Role models: Julia & Paul Child
Where I left my heart: Paris
In my spare time: Organic "lasagna" gardening
"Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and save 20 - 50 percent in energy used for heating"
USDA Forest Service