Ilyssa Kaserman is one of CSI Chicago’s CDT Class Scholarship recipients and a member of Epstein’s architectural team. Ilyssa was raised on Long Island and went to high School in the North Virginia/Washington DC area. She earned her Bachelor’s of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). While at IIT, Ilyssa also interned at Perkins + Will and was part of the project team for the Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center on Northwestern University’s Chicago campus.During her studies at IIT Ilyssa participated in a study abroad program at the Why Factory, a global think-tank and research institute run by MVRDV and Delft University of Technology and led by professor Winy Maas. While at the Why Factory Ilyssa studied bringing people of diverse backgrounds together though multi-unit housing. She was able to visit Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands while in the program, and she gained an appreciation for how the people of Copenhagen have integrated technology into their everyday lives.Most recently Ilyssa attended Masonry Camp at the International Masonry Institute (IMI) training center in Bowie, Maryland. She applied after hearing about the IMI program and scholarship through colleagues at CSI Chicago. Ilyssa valued the opportunity to have the hands-on experience at Masonry Camp and is already using the lessons learned to inform her masonry design and detailing for a modular New York hotel project.
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