We are SCB

Kelly Somers

Associate | Project Manager

How long have you been at SCB?

10 years.

How did you end up at SCB?

I stopped by the SCB booth at the Notre Dame career fair and struck up a conversation with a fellow alum, Pete Noone. I knew that I wanted to relocate to Chicago upon graduation, and SCB’s portfolio of large, complex urban projects was compelling.

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

A love of architecture and design was instilled in me from an early age. My dad was an architecture buff and had quite a library (Frank Lloyd Wright was a favorite). I would flip through the books as inspiration and draw my own “dream homes” as a kid.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

How rewarding it is. It’s a great feeling to be part of a team that conceptualizes a design solution to a problem, develops the design over the course of months or even years, and then sees it come out of the ground as built structure. The work is challenging and constantly evolving, but at the end of the day, we have something tangible to point to as a result of that hard work.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned in your career?

That the process of learning is never over. Each project, each city, each team that we work with offers up its own set of challenges that need to be addressed in a new way. Be resilient and treat each experience, good or bad, as part of your education as an architect.