We are SCB

Abaan Zia


How long have you been at SCB?

Over 4 years.

How did you end up at SCB?

I attended grad school in Chicago, so I was familiar with some of SCB’s projects. When I graduated, I applied to SCB, interviewed, and started my professional career at SCB.

What initially attracted you to study design or pursue a career in design?

I always had an eye for design. My mom designed clothes for a living, and my dad was in the construction industry. Add to that me having a strong opinion on everything too, and design and architecture was an obvious route for me.

What is the best thing about working at SCB?

I think the best part of working at SCB is the culture. On the practice side and as a young professional, I feel comfortable speaking up and contributing without hesitation, knowing my ideas and thoughts are valued. On the social side and as someone who loves sports, I love that we have office teams playing soccer and beach volleyball every summer. It’s been a great way to get to know and have fun with my colleagues.

What was/is your favorite/most rewarding project you have ever worked on and why?

The O’Hare Global Terminal that I am currently working on has been the most rewarding to-date. It has been, and continues to be, an exciting journey. We are working really hard to make sure that Chicago gets the airport it deserves.