AIA Architecture Week Interview - Meggan Stanton, LEED AP BD+C

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Meggan Stanton, LEED AP BD+C, Architectural Intern

Where are you from originally?
I’m from the South Side of Chicago.

Where did you go to college?
I got both my Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture with a Concentration in Historical Preservation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

When did you first know you wanted to be an architect?
When I was young, architecture always came up as a fitting combination of my interests in math (I loved puzzles) and art. Growing up in an urban area, I became fascinated by the idea of adaptive reuse: not just demolishing existing buildings, but repurposing them and maintaining and respecting their historical character.

From your perspective, what is the most exciting thing about architecture?
There’s always a new challenge and a new problem to solve. This is not a monotonous profession!

Favorite architect?
Jeanne Gang and Zaha Hadid have been absolutely groundbreaking in this industry, and huge role models for young women who may otherwise not see themselves following this career path. 

Favorite structure?
The historic Harker Hall at UIUC is one of my favorites. It was designed by Dr. Nathan Ricker, the first person to obtain a degree in architecture in the United States.

What project are you most excited to see come to life?
I have been working on the renovation/expansion at New Trier High School for two years. I can’t wait to see the finished building!

Give us a fun fact about you.
I helped design and build a house in China for the first Solar Decathlon China student competition. As part of the U of I/Peking University team, I worked with other architecture and engineering students from both schools for two years to design a 100m2 energy efficient home. I was able to travel to China in the 2012 to collaborate on the design and systems of the house, then again in 2013 to build it!