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This spring, the School of Architecture is continuing its ongoing series to introduce our faculty to the student body with a focus on their research and/or design work. We hope that through this more informal engagement, students will learn more about the expertise that our faculty bring to the school and the opportunity that offers in terms of student’s own research interests.

Friday, 1/29 at noon
Silvia Illia Sheldahl
Silvia Illia-Sheldahl was born and raised in Cordoba, Argentina. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Universidad Catolica de Cordoba in 2000. In 2008, she continued her studies at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), where she earned her Master in Architecture. Silvia worked in several Boston firms for over 14 years. She gained experience in institutional and healthcare-related projects at Rothman Partners Architects, Inc.; multifamily residential, retail and commercial projects at Merge Architects; single-family residential design at Brian Healy Architects. After grad school, she worked on a variety of scales of institutional, residential and commercial projects as a senior project designer at Utile, Inc. At Sasaki she was the design leader of the new library for the TEC in Monterrey, Mexico. In 2014, she partnered with Paxton Sheldahl to create BOS|UA. Silvia brings strategic design thinking to BOS|UA. With 19 years of experience in Architecture, her expertise resides in finding innovative design ideas and solutions that respond to wide range of parameters and constraints. Her work reflects on and uncovers the potential available with every project.
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Friday, 2/19 at noon

Kyle Barker

Kyle Barker is a Senior Associate at Merge Architects in Boston where he leads academic, commercial and multi-family housing projects across the US. Previously, he was an Associate at MASS Design Group and a Designer at Kennedy & Violich Architecture. He is a registered architect in Massachusetts.

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Friday, 3/19 at noon
Chana Haouzi

Chana Haouzi is a studio instructor at Northeastern and an associate at Peter Rose + Partners, an internationally recognized architecture and urban design firm in Boston. Chana graduated from Harvard University Graduate School of Design with a Master in Architecture II degree where she served as a teaching assistant to Toshiko Mori and Sanford Kwinter. She also holds a Master in Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from McGill University. Chana has pursued her passion for teaching by helping students in studio design, digital fabrication, creative writing, portfolio design, and field sketching. Prior to joining Northeastern in 2014, Chana led a design studio at Harvard University’s Career Discovery program. She has also served as a critic at Harvard, MIT, McGill University, Wentworth and the BAC. Chana is a licensed architect.
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Friday, 4/9 at noon
Abigail Ransmeier
Abigail Ransmeier joined Behnisch Architekten’s Stuttgart, Germany office in 2006, and has since then held leadership roles on key institutional buildings both in the US and in Europe. She led the classroom programming and teaching space design for Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), in Allston, and is currently working with the University of Toronto on a parking facility that aims to be one of the first in North America constructed in mass timber.  She has instructed architecture studio courses at the University of Stuttgart and currently teaches a section of Comprehensive Design at Northeastern.
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