Hello, my name is olivia.
I’ve always been drawn towards design.
As a child, I would spend hours upon hours creating houses for my dolls. I actually had more fun designing their spaces than playing with the dolls themselves! My father, an electrical contractor, would bring old blueprints home from work so I could draw primitive sections and elevations of dollhouses on the back with my crayons.
I have since traded in my crayons for Copic markers during the completion of a five-year professional program through the Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University. I received my Master of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History in May 2016.
My education at Drury taught me the power of design and its ability to impact people, communities, and cities. I truly believe that everyone, regardless of social status or economic background, has a right to experience quality architecture.
This passion is what inspired the decision to continue my architectural education at the graduate level. In September 2016, I began classes at Portland State University's Center for Public Interest Design in pursuit of a graduate certificate. Through my commitment to the program, I was also offered a year-long student fellowship and internship which I completed in August 2017.
I am now working as a designer on the affordable housing team at MWA Architects where we are trying to create dignified solutions that address the housing crisis in Portland. I'm eager to start my path to licensure and continue applying design as a tool for underserved communities.
To view thesis research from my previous program at Drury University, please click here.