Amanda Wills

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Illinois Institute of Technology - Bachelor of Architecture
College of Architecture Chicago, USA | 2011 - 2016
Academy of Art Architecture and Design
Spring Semester Exchange Studio
Prague, Czech Republic | Spring, 2015 Delft University of Technology, The Why FactoryFall Semester Exchange Studio
Delft, The Netherlands | Fall, 2014

Awards + Recognition
Alpha Rho Chi Award | IIT | 2016
Faculty-selected award to top graduating architecture student who exemplified, over the course of their degree, leadership, service, and greatest promise for the future of the profession.
Honorable Mention | Detroit | 2015
Honorable Mention in regional Urban Housing Competition to envision new housing typologies in the City of Detroit.
Camras Scholar | IIT | 2011-2016
Awarded to the top 1 % of applicants for academic merit.
Dean’s List | IIT | 2011-2016
Awarded every semester of the 5-year program.
Peterhans Visual Award | IIT | 2012
Awarded for outstanding skills in visual aesthetics.
Senior Designer | 01/2018-present | Seattle
Manage studio team from design standards to design proposals. Design interior environments, fixtures, and customer engagement.
Free Association Magazine
Creator/Publisher | 09/2015-present | Chicago & Seattle
Publish, curate, and distribute a quarterly anti-architecture/architecture social zine featuring contributors from around the globe.
Amanda Williams Studio Studio Manager | 09/2013-01/2018 | Chicago
Assisted in design and fabrication of sculptural exhibition pieces. Works previously on view at the MCA Chicago, Arts Club of Chicago, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Venice Biennale, and Wrightwood 659.
Quarter20 (Design Firm)
Designer | 09/2016-08/2017 | Chicago
Designed retail fixture programs, interior environments, floor layouts, and exterior facade and signage. Involved from concept to execution. Dirk Denison Architects Design Assistant | 12/2015-09/2016 | Chicago
Developed proposals for institutional projects in the City of Chicago, including concept  generation, client presentations, hand-modeling, and managing construction documents. IIT Materials Lab
Teaching Assistant | IIT | 08/2015-05/2016
Guided students through First Year wood and metal working class, assisted in prepping course material and monitored student safety.
Student Worker | IIT | 08/2013-05/2014
Checked out tools and sold materials, maintained cleanliness of shop, and monitored student safety.
SmallRoom Gallery
Founder + Curator | 05/2012-06/2016 | Chicago
Founded, curated, and managed  the only student-led art gallery on the IIT campus. Successfully presented 15 shows, featuring over 100 artists with over 2000 visitors.
HouseHaus (Architecture Firm)
Design Intern | 01-05/2014 | Chicago, IL
Led a 5-member design team to generate concept designs for an alternative children’s school, creating diagrams and conceptual drawings.
Northwestern University Planning Department
Design Intern | 07-08/2013 | Chicago, IL
Organized and cataloged campus building archives and updated existing campus building construction records. Zhou Brothers Art Center
Assistant Curator | 06/2013 | Chicago, IL
Co-curated monthly shows for the main exhibition space of the art center and the 33rd Contemporary Gallery with the head curator.
Co-Prosperity Sphere (Cultural Center)
Assistant Coordinator | 06/2013 | Chicago, IL
Fostered community development through exhibitions of local artists and journal publications in Bridgeport.
MOTOElastico (Architecture Firm)
Design Intern | 06-08/2010 | Seoul, South Korea
Member of design team at leading Italian architecture + design firm involved in international design exhibition entries and product concept and fabrication.
Adobe Creative Suite
    After Effects
BIM Software
CAD Software
3D Modeling
    Wood Working
    Metal Working
    Form Casting

Amanda Wills, 2020