September 2016 Chapter Leader of the Month: Carolyn CregoDrexel University
Carolyn Crego is a fourth year student at Drexel University, partaking in their 2+4 Architecture Program. Carolyn is the university’s AIAS Chapter President for the 2016-2017 school year. Previously she served as vice president (2015-2016) and secretary (2014-2015). Currently she is working for Group G, a small architectural firm, where she works alongside her boss on a variety of different projects, most of which are in Philadelphia. She attends night classes as required by Drexel’s unique program, as well as electives in other theoretical classes.
Upon returning from her first Grassroots Conference this past summer, Carolyn has been motivated and inspired by her fellow leaders to get a jump start on the new school year.
Drexel’s Chapter Secretary Kiera Townsend said that even during the summer Carolyn was working away to plan some surprises to welcome students back during the first week of school. Carolyn “has held multiple board meetings and brings a refreshing spirit to our chapter with plenty of new ideas for the coming year’s events and possibilities,” said Kiera.
Carolyn has also planned a variety of changes for the chapter, said Kiera, including “a new marketing strategy , a “Town Hall” event to improve dialogue between students and faculty, a walking tour of our wonderful city, and a coffee networking event between older and younger students, among many other ideas.”
Carolyn is dedicated to her chapter and loves going to studio to check-in on who is there. She says she tries to know everyone in her chapter and is always looking for a good conversation.
Northeast Quad Director Clayton Daher said Carolyn is extremely dedicated. “Aside from working full time and being enrolled in a rigorous year round architecture program, she is able to still dedicate her time to improving their studio culture and growing their chapter. I like to think of her as Wonder Woman, because I am always in awe how she pulls it all off!”
Carolyn says her goals for this year, alongside her board, are to continue connecting with students and work more on studio culture by creating a healthy, caring, and open environment for people to work.