COD Student Vicky Demakis Receives ALA Merit Award

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By Mike McKissack 

College of DuPage student Vassiliki (Vicky) Demakis (center) recently received a Student Merit Award from the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA). The award was presented by Architecture professors Mark Pearson (right) and Jane Ostergaard (left).

Demakis said that while she was pleased to receive the award, it was the work that gave her the most enjoyment.

“What made receiving the ALA award a special moment for me was not about getting a design right the first time or about the final being the most important part,” she said. “It was about waking up every day and working hard on something that I love. Working on something repeatedly through the easy and difficult periods of design make it all worth it when I finally step back and see what I’ve accomplished so far. Being recognized by my professors who have seen me work hard throughout, helps me see that I am studying this field because I want to keep learning and improving, and overall become a better designer.”

Demakis, currently a resident of Western Springs, is pursuing her Associate in Applied Science degree in Pre-Architecture at COD. While her ultimate career goal is to someday open her own firm, she plans to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Architecture and gain experience working for an architectural firm. She said she is pleased with her experience at COD and credits the College with helping develop her skills.

“Studying architecture at COD has taught be how to be a disciplined worker, and to be self-driven,” she said. “My professors emphasized the importance of process when creating a design and it has helped me a lot with my own work. I tried taking different approaches to my design concepts and I felt that it really pushed me as a designer. It has made me look at a problem through different perspectives and try to find more than one solution.”

Learn more about the Architecture program at College of DuPage.

College of DuPage is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Serving approximately 26,000 students each term, College of DuPage is the largest public community college in the state of Illinois. The College grants seven associate degrees and offers more than 170 career and technical certificates in over 50 areas of study.

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