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March 18, 2024
March 18 #WeAreCGS

Every other week we highlight a member of our CGS team. Let's get to know Principal, Joanna Schmickel, FAIA.

Years at CGS?
38 Years

Is there a quote that speaks to you?

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” - Henry Ford
The power of positive thinking is strong! When faced with a challenge, a professional challenge or a life challenge, the outcome is largely determined by believing that success is attainable. Hard work, commitment and determination are still needed to achieve difficult goals… but the first step is to believe.

What inspires you?

The design process, my CGS colleagues and our clients constantly inspire me. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to listen to the needs of our clients, imagine something that does not yet exist, bring the various elements together, and see it built. Each project is new, is full of opportunities, and has beautiful puzzles to solve. The process is always exciting and inspiring!

Fun Fact

In 2016 I founded the Design Like a Girl Mentor Program to provide an opportunity for middle school girls to learn about the architecture, engineering, and construction industries from professional women. By pairing students with architects and engineers in full day, hands on workshops, girls explore architecture and other related professions with female role models.

“No matter their age or background, girls envision their future based on role models they can see … because when they see it, they believe they can be it.” (From The National Coalition of Girls Schools)

For me, it’s great to give back to the field of architecture that has been so much a part of my life, and I love seeing a spark of interest and excitement in a next generation architect!

We are CGS.

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