March Student Member of the Month

 Click above to see Anna's work.

Click above to see Anna's work.

Anna Bednarko

Iowa State University
4th Year

Where do you attend school?  I attend Iowa State University and am a fourth-year student working on my Bachelor of Architecture degree.

Why did you choose the design/construction field?  I knew I wanted to pursue a career in architecture from the moment I took my first art class in grade school. Throughout my education, I took a variety of different art classes and the most influential ones were drawing and model making. The projects I produced in class led to woodworking projects with my father at home. Each project sparked my interest in trying to figure out new ways of constructing those as well as thinking about how I can use similar techniques in creating a building.      

What motivates you to work towards a career in design/construction?  I want to take the experiences that I have been given through art classes, schooling, etc. to create spaces that impact people‚Äôs lives and inspire them to create things in a new way.

What is the best advice you have received?  If you have a great idea, make sure that you are passionate about it and go for it.

How has Iowa Women in Architecture influenced you?  I believe that Iowa Women in Architecture has influenced me to become a leader. I was given the opportunity to host a career path event, which allowed me to connect with experienced architects and created a presentation with them to inform students about how to create a successful portfolio. This opportunity has influenced me to help others and give them the resources to become a better designer and pursue their career.