Join WP+D for a networking brown bag on Wednesday, February 20th from 12:00PM-1:00PM to talk with this month's featured guest: Nathalie Bélanger, Senior Associate, Ratio Design.
Nathalie’s journey has been a multi-faceted and multicultural one that has taken her around the world learning and working within the field of architecture. Her initial introduction with the discipline of architecture began with a technical degree in construction. This experience incited a desire to further her education in the field. She entered the University of Quebec at Montreal where she studied urban planning and environmental design. Nathalie subsequently obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture and design from the University of Versailles in France and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U of I).
Nathalie's professional experience spans various firms in three countries. In France, she interned in a firm that specialized in senior housing projects, where she worked hands-on with all aspects of the firm. In Montreal she interned as a technician in a firm where she worked on the Mormon Church, an airport control tower and Montreal’s largest commercial center, the Eaton Center. As an intern Nathalie worked in a small firm where she was introduced to housing projects. Then as an architect she worked at IBI-Cardinal Hardy, a Montreal-based firm renowned for its innovative designs and quality of work. In the United States she worked for five years at Perkins and Will where she worked in the international department. Nathalie collaborated on the AIA award-winning Luanda University, the Dubai International Airport, the LG office complex in South Korea, and other projects. Nathalie also worked in the interior design department on AIA interior award-winning Tribune Interactive and Sofitel Chicago.
Nathalie believes that creativity has the power to engender new solutions that affects all aspects of architecture. She believes in the ability of architecture to inspire and meaningfully impact lives. To that end, she strives for innovation in everything she touches; the transformation of the everyday into the extraordinary. Architecture has a vital social responsibility to conceive ideas and buildings that honor the greatest values of that society. Consequently, Nathalie endeavors to work within a green framework as a steward accountable to the environment.
Nathalie’s achievements affirm her passion for cities and their comprised architecture. Essentially her dual training in architecture and urban planning gives her an understanding of how the completed project will interact with its surroundings and impact its city.
Please Note: This is a members-only event limited to five (5) participants. As with every WP+D Small Networking Lunch, registration will open at 12:00PM on the first day of the month during which the lunch will be held. Registration occurs on a first-come, first-served basis and typically fills up quickly. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch; food is not provided. Meetings are held in Randolph Square on the 1st Floor of the Cultural Center. Look out for one of our board members and WP+D signage.
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