John Benoit credits College of DuPage for changing the course of his life for the better after gaining the skills he needed to land his dream job as an architect.
“The College of DuPage Architecture program became the essential foundation in my life,” he said. “I learned my profession, I made the connection that got me my first job, I met my wife and I graduated debt-free in two years with the skills I needed to finish my degree at the top of my class.”
Benoit pursued his interest in architecture, earning a Pre-Architecture associate degree at COD, a bachelor’s degree in Architecture/Built Environment at Bowling Green State University and a Master of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
His academic pursuits centered on a technological approach to sustainable architecture, mixing building tectonics with innovation from external fields. As a research assistant, Benoit compared the fluid dynamics of passive ventilation in 18th century buildings with their contemporary equivalents, furthering his interest in efficient design.
Since becoming a licensed architect at EWP Architects in Oak Brook, he has worked in the commercial interiors segment developing environments for a variety of corporate office clients. Within the last year he designed, developed and executed projects for Price FX, a high-end tech company; Sara Lee; Coates, an Australian digital merchandising solutions provider; and McDonald’s.
As part of a small firm, he said he enjoys the fast-paced environment.
“An aggressive schedule can see a project go from paper to completion in as little as 10 weeks, necessitating a tactical level of focus, coordination and efficiency from the construction team,” he said.
Benoit said the strong connections he made at COD continue to impact his life today.
“It’s unbelievable how tiny the world is and how connected our little COD family is becoming,” he said. “I can’t go two weeks without finding another connection, not to mention that EWP now has three COD alumni and one professor working together in our office.”