Shannon combines a background in civil engineering, construction management and green design advocacy in her approach to architecture. Skilled in a diverse array of representational technology including BIM and parametric modeling, her work addresses issues of both human and urban scale. Shannon’s broad base of experience ensures careful consideration of all aspects of a project’s detailing across the design and construction processes.
What attracted you to the architectural field?
I love making, and I love building. I grew up around construction and initially went into Civil Engineering—but after some time in that profession, I decided Architecture was more appropriate and creative for me.
What aspect of your job are you most motivated by?
The size of the firm, combined with the scale of our projects, allows someone like me to become heavily involved in the entire process. I’ve directly affected the design of a building from its overall massing and proportions, to the detailed connections of how elements come together. After engaging in the different phases of the design process, from inception to construction, it’s very satisfying to see the building come out of the ground.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I grew up on the water and was a diver through high school and college—I’m even married to an international-level diving coach! These experiences have had a profound impact on my life, from a conditioned work ethic to my perceptions of movement through space and relationships within space.