COLUMBIA, SC – October 10, 2012 – Quackenbush Architects + Planners is proud to welcome Wendy Michelle Bertani to the firm as an intern architect. Bertani is a recent graduate of Clemson University, where she earned her Master of Architecture degree and placed first in the program’s 2011 Carolina Ceramics Materials + Assemblies design competition. The following spring, Bertani received the Robert Miller Award for Rigor at the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston, an honor that recognizes a student for demonstrating extraordinary rigor in the study of architecture.
Wendy spent two semesters of her graduate study at the Clemson Architecture Center in Barcelona, Spain, and in Charleston, SC, where she successfully participated in a collaborative design-build project for a vertical garden wall in the Elliotborough Community Garden. The wall is constructed out of undulating vertical wood members and steel cable while providing design solutions for composting, storage and additional planting space.
Prior to graduate school, Bertani studied architectural design at the University of Illinois at Chicago and interned for three years at the Chicago office of PSA-Dewberry. During this time, Bertani worked on a variety of higher education projects, including recreation centers and conducted LEED analyses. One of her major endeavors was participating in the design and construction process for the 50,000-square foot CougarPlex Fitness Center at Illinois Central College.
At Quackenbush, Bertani will focus on designs for higher education projects, including a new 1,270-bed housing development for Coastal Carolina University. She is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional.
“Wendy’s enthusiasm and experience in collaborative design environments is a natural fit with our team,” says Doug Quackenbush, President of Quackenbush Architects + Planners. “Her unique skills and passion will serve our clients well!”
written by Lisa Lopez Snyder