PRP Now! Fatima Betts // Studio Gang

March 10, 2020
PRP Now! is a series of interviews that highlight a current UTSOA Professional Residency Program student every few weeks.

PRP: Tell us about your PRP firm. Where are you working?
 I am currently working at Studio Gang in Chicago, IL.

PRP: Do you enjoy the city you’re working in? Favorite aspects?
Chicago has been full of surprises. Chicago has such a rich history that is evident in its architecture and in its diverse neighborhoods. There is always plenty to explore. 

PRP: What is currently on your desk? What are you working on?
 I am currently working on design concepts for an educational building. We have been testing a lot of ideas in the model shop as we run through multiple iterations of the design.

PRP: Describe the firm culture? The office atmosphere?
Studio Gang is the kind of firm that really works towards creating a team dynamic. Everyone is there to help answer questions regardless of the project you are on. There are a lot of social activities in the office like Beer Fridays, firm-wide lunches and usual gatherings around impromptu snacks in the kitchen. 

PRP: What is the first thing you'll tell your classmates upon your return to UT? 
Studio Gang consistently challenges itself and its staff to not shy away from new ideas. It makes going to work everyday feel exciting and full of learning. They work as a team and are often brainstorming around a model or diagraming at a project table. It is the kind of firm for those who enjoy being regularly challenged to try new things.  

PRP: As you’re finishing up the week, what are your plans for this weekend?
I will be grabbing brunch with some co-workers and catching up on some reading and running errands.