Alexandra Grypinich

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself. 
    • My family is from just outside Montreal, Quebec, so we speak French at home.  
  2. Why did you go into your profession? 
    • I have always been fascinated with our built environment and how we can shape it. I believe architecture is a great balance between creative and technical expression.  
  3. What is your greatest strength? 
    • I believe one of my greatest strengths is my enthusiasm and passion for learning. I continually push myself to learn as much as I can and have been able to pick up skills quickly because of this. 
  4. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work) 
    • Actually being able to hit the softball at my first ever softball game with the IDS squids.  
  5. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS) 
    • As an intern, I would say my greatest achievement so far was completing my first ever project after having almost no experience with Revit. I was able to work through solving problems, communicate effectively with my supervisors, and get the job done, giving me the confidence I needed to move forward.  
  6. What do you enjoy doing outside of work? 
    • Outside of work I love being outdoors (swimming, hiking, etc) and crafting (crocheting, embroidery, jewelry making).  
  7. What motivates you? 
    1. I am motivated by my love for the profession and my hope to lead my generation and future generations into a more sustainable future.  
  8. What is your number one professional goal? 
    • After gaining experience in many difference realms of architecture, I hope to lead a team as a Project Architect and use my knowledge of sustainable construction management to create innovative carbon zero buildings.  

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Opera Winfrey