about spencer


I graduated from Knox College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sculpture. Although my focus in the studio was on material exploration in sculpture and furniture design, my portfolio includes ceramics, graphic design, photography, and works on paper as well. My 2010 exhibition, Object or Something Like It—with printmaker Kaylin Maanum—consisted of a collection of furniture constructed of found materials as well as Plexiglas, cardboard, cement, rubber, wood, and steel.

From 2010 to 2014 I was a designer for renowned Washington, DC architect and interior designer Ernesto M Santalla AIA LEED AP at Studio Santalla, Inc [now Ernesto Santalla, PLLC]. Studio Santalla offers services in architecture, interior design, and graphic design. In addition to both residential and commercial architecture and interiors, our diverse portfolio also includes branding, event design, user experience design, and furniture design. I was involved in every aspect of our projects, from site surveys and schematic design to construction management and staging for photography.

I am currently pursuing my Masters degree in architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago under director Robert Somol. UIC’s program is heavily theoretical and speculatively driven, placing a large emphasis on the integration of theory and technology that pushes both in new directions. I am also currently  a designer at Norman Kelley, LLC, a Chicago and New York based architecture firm headed by Thomas Kelley and Carrie Norman. My work for Norman Kelley has included both residential and commercial architecture and art installation. I had the opportunity to assist Thomas in the execution of the wall drawing, Alice’s Door, part of the exhibition Treatise: Why Write Alone? at Chicago’s Graham Foundation, coordinated by Jimenez Lai.

Honors/Awards include:

Fall 2014 Studio Project exhibited at UIC 2014–2015 Year End Show
Spring 2015 Studio Project exhibited at UIC 2014–2015 Year End Show
Portfolio exhibited at UIC SoA Portfolio Day, 2015
First Place-Bender Prize in Sculpture, 2010; Al Young Exhibition & Competition
Albert G. Young Best of Show Award, 2009; Al Young Exhibition & Competition
Brand Identity chosen to represent 2008 & 2010 Al Young Exhibition and Competition
First Team, All-Midwest Conference [Baseball], 2009
Runner-Up Southern Division Pitcher of the Year, 2009

Extracurricular/Volunteer activity:

Fresh Meat Journal; UIC School of Architecture
Student Advisory Board; UIC School of Architecture
The Chamber/CAGLCC [Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce]; Event Staff, Design Services
Prairieland Animal Welfare Center/Knox County Human Society; dog walking/socializing
Reading Buddies [Galesburg, IL elementary schools]; Reading to elementary school children
Knox College Baseball, NCAA Division III [four years]
Knox College Football, NCAA Division III [three years]