We are SCB

Kaitlin Frankforter

How did you end up at SCB?

Growing up in Nebraska, I had a deep obsession with Chicago. Upon graduating and moving to the city, I found SCB. SCB had a wide variety of projects with a history that is undoubtedly tied to Chicago architecture, at that point it all just made sense.

How long have you been at SCB?

Just over two years.

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

I came into design after not having any idea of what to do or study. I enjoyed that everything was super hands-on and a lot of it came down to how hard you worked or how much you cared. Once I got into it and began to learn more about design, I realized that it was something I cared so deeply about, but had never thought about it before. After graduating, I knew that as long as I could talk about space and design every day what I was doing would never feel like a job.

What is the best thing about working at SCB?

The people and freedom that you’re given to explore. No matter what you’re working on, someone has done it twelve times over and is more than willing to help you. Along with that, you’re given enough freedom to explore solutions on your own.

What does a typical day look like for you?

The best days are the days I forget to put headphones in. When you’re jumping from drawing out a detail to picking out finishes, to discussing major coordination issues with your team. Some days you’re getting into the weeds and spending a whole day drawing, the next day you’re communicating your ideas with your team, consultants, the client, and your studio.