I Am AIA:
Laura Ovsak AIAExpand
Laura is an Architect and a Project Manager at GLY Construction with 11 years of combined experience in Design and Construction Management. Her multilingual and cultural backgrounds have helped ground her beliefs in connecting people and the importance of staying true to your values. An East Coast transplant, Laura aims to bridge the gap between what it means to be a maker of space and a builder.
A native of upstate New York, Laura is an Architect working as a Project Manager with GLY Construction. She has a combined 11 years of experience in architecture/design and construction management. The transition from design to construction management happened organically from wanting to spend more time in the field interacting with subtrades observing onsite work. She’s most passionate about building meaningful relationships and advancing the knowledge of the greater group. Laura holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Philadelphia University (now Thomas Jefferson University) and has been living in the Seattle region for 10 years. Outside of work, she is active within the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and ACE Mentoring.
HAS YOUR CAREER TAKEN YOU ANYWHERE YOU DIDN’T EXPECT?
Like many of us, I’ve known I wanted to be an Architect since I was a child. I was introduced to structure design in elementary school, with a basic exercise involving glue and macaroni. I followed a more traditional path, getting an accredited degree and taking my licensure exams. Several years into my Architecture career, I was working closely with the Contractor side and felt a strong desire to spend more time in the field engaged with subcontractors and laborers. A career in construction was not something I had any information about as a child, at least besides the traditional swinging hammers sense. Now there are programs like ACE in place, where there is a broader exposure to the various branches of the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering fields. I’m excited to see more and more women joining our teams and look forward to what the future will bring.
WHAT PROJECT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?
I’m currently working on a number of projects within our Internal Special Projects group at GLY Construction. I’m working with a number of design partners involved with AIA Seattle and it’s pleasant to encounter a lot of the same team members involved in projects I’m working on as well as on task forces and groups within AIA.