Announcing Recent Staff Promotions and Achievements
Since 2014, MA Design has been a proud supporter of The Office Associateship Program, an initiative that gives back and provides resources to The Ohio State University’s, Knowlton, School of Architecture’s students. As a supporter, MA aids one graduate student with a 50% tuition waiver and half a monthly stipend.
In both 2021 and 2022, MA supported Brittney Wilson through her tenure as a graduate student and graduate research position at Knowlton. Having received financial support for two years, Brittney formed close connections with partners at MA. In fact, MA’s very own managing principal, Lori Bongiorno, served as a mentor and guide for Brittney.
Recognizing that support can take many forms, MA welcomed and invited Brittney to Habitat For Humanity volunteering events so that Brittney could fully immerse herself into the MA community and beyond. Fast forward, Brittney joined the team working as an intern in the Healthcare Studio, and specializing on the MedVet team.
During her internship at MA, she has spent over a year in the Healthcare Studio letting her architectural design skills blossom. A notable accomplishment is that she worked in tandem on the MedVet Cleveland Medical and Cancer Center for Pets project. From schematic design, all the way to seeing the project be physically built, Brittney appreciates seeing a project come to fruition after spending time and energy making sure each detail is exceeding the standard.
Brittney notes that her time here is a “full circle moment” as she shadowed MA during high school in 2013, where she discovered her passion for interior design and architecture.
“My favorite thing about MA is the people and all of the built-in mentors. Not only do I receive technical advice on projects, but I get tailored personal mentorship on a daily basis” says Brittney. She adds, “the culture at MA sets the standard for the type of place I hope to work for.”
At Knowlton, Brittney is a graduate research assistant involved in the publication of the Baumer Source Book Series. These series are, “devoted to a recent project by an influential practitioner. These books are published in conjunction with the school’s distinguished visiting professorships.” She is also currently working on her Master Project Thesis- studying the lifespan of contemporary buildings in an era of demolishing buildings.
Brittney’s co-workers and cohort would describe her as reliable, with an optimistic outlook. Able to pick up what people put on pause, Brittney offers persistence and can-do attitude.
MA is honored to be able to support Brittney and others through the involvement in the Office Associateship Program. For more information on the program please visit: https://knowlton.osu.edu/office-associateship-program.