My name is Zak Helmick, a recent graduate of the master's degree program at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My name is Zak Helmick, a master's degree graduate from the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Originally from Metamora, a small town outside of Peoria, Illinois, I came to UIUC after spending two years in Illinois Central College's architecture program.
I am a motivated, dedicated, and passionate designer very interested in sustainable design and how I can make a positive, lasting impact on our built environment. I'm a quick learner and enjoy being challenged to advance my own abilities and knowledge.
My past experience includes high-end residential (new construction and remodel), retail, commercial, municipal (civic complex, library, town hall), and schools (elementary, secondary, high school and higher education).
Two summers ago I traveled through China as project architect of the Solar Decathlon China 2013 PKUI team. Following my trip abroad, I moved to Annapolis, Maryland where I have begun my post graduate career at Alliance Architecture. Currently I mostly work in corporate interiors and core and shell, with the occasional restaurant and night club. Working for a smaller firm I have the opportunity to see projects from start to finish; client meetings and early schematic testfits through construction administration and coordination.