Laurie kamper, aia, senior consultant

Music and architecture are Laurie’s thread, but her path has also taken her through Dartmouth College for a French degree, orchestral performance, and even some computer network design along the way. While at Dartmouth, she performed as a bassoon soloist with the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, picking up numerous citations of merit and culminating in a senior recital. Pursuing music for several years after Dartmouth, she performed first in Boston, then in Portland, where her French degree led to a useful digression into translation and support, then network design in the IT world.

Architecture ultimately came to the fore, bringing Laurie to the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she received a Master of Architecture with honors in 2004. She was a teaching assistant all three years, for both computer technology and structures courses, and was chosen to present her work in two “Year End Shows” and two “Portfolio Day” competitions, the ultimate accomplishment for UIC students. Her design class was awarded “Best of Show” for a design-build course in which her team designed and built a new studio for 120 freshman architecture students.

A summer internship at Kirkegaard Associates introduced her to architectural acoustics, where she was able to marry her pursuits of music and architecture. Further work as an architectural intern at Gonzalez Partners in Chicago deepened her architectural experience before Threshold enticed her back to acoustics.