Who is Caleb?
I knew that I wanted to study architecture in college, and I had a few options where I could do so. Illinois Tech had one thing on its side that none of the other colleges could offer, though: its location in Chicago. Getting to study architecture in a city synonymous with it has provided me with opportunities from the moment I stepped foot on campus. Whether it’s just exploring the buildings that make up the city or connecting with the world-class architects—many of them Illinois Tech College of Architecture alumni or faculty members—the combination of Illinois Tech and Chicago helped me find the path that I want to take my architecture career down.
In the summer between my second and third year, the American Institute of Architects hosted its annual conference here in Chicago. And because I was a student, I was able to get discounted tickets. One of the keynote speakers was President Obama. I was able to see him speak. Then that night or the next night, they were hosting a private event at Crown Hall, and they needed the students to help out with it. I was able to help out. At that event were super well-known architects, award winners who were known across the U.S. That experience opened my eyes really early on to the direction that professional architecture is going.