AIA Architecture Week Interview - Danielle Appello, AIA, LEED AP BD+C - Senior Project Architect

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Danielle Appello, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Project Architect

Where are you from originally?
I’m from the Chicago area.

Where did you go to college?
I got my Masters of Architecture at the University of Michigan and my Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

When did you first know you wanted to be an architect?
It was a lucky guess! Many people have a background or parent in a related field. Not me, I knew almost nothing about architecture. When applying for college I was looking for an intersection of my technical and artistic interests.

From your perspective, what is the most exciting thing about architecture?
After spending a lot of time and effort on a project, I love hearing feedback from not only the owner, but the users of the space upon completion. Improving the way users spend time in a space makes the whole process rewarding.

Favorite architect/structure?
I have many. Growing up in the Chicago area, I have a love for Mies’ attention to detail. The Farnsworth House is one of my favorites. More globally, favorites include game-changing architects who have explored innovative ways to use space, such as Zaha Hadid, and architects who use innovative materials and forms, such as Swiss architect duo Herzog & de Meuron.

What project are you most excited to see come to life?
The Will County Justice Center has the potential to improve not only Joliet’s judicial system, but to transform the downtown core of the City. I am excited to see that happen. Outside of Wight projects, I am eager to see the Block 37 project in Chicago in its completion. I worked on this project on three occasions from 2006-2014.