about myself: education and experience

Born into a Russian family, I came to the U.S. at the age of 16. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started my architectural education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, but one thing is clear to me now: it is my true passion.

This May, I have completed my Masters degree in Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Within the six years that I was here, the school has undergone several major shifts in its leadership and curriculum. During my graduate studies, the school has transitioned again; this time with Bob Somol as the head of the program. The rapid shift in the direction of the Architectural Theory has been a topic for debate; however one fact is clear: Bob Somol is putting UIC's Architecture school back on the map. During the past two years I had a chance to study under Andrew Zago, and most recently Alexander Lehnerer.

While at university, I've had a chance to have multiple internships in Chicago's top architecture offices, such as SOM, Gensler, Ross Barney and LEGAT. For the past two years I have been a Teaching Assistant for the Second Year Undergraduate Studio and a graduate level Architectural Technologies II class.