Up Close: Rebecca Celis, AIA

Rebecca Celis, AIA


Rebecca Celis recently won an AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award for her professional leadership and contributions to the architecture industry. As a project manager at HGA, Celis directs team processes and client relations for a range of arts and higher education projects, including the Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion under design at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, the new Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Here Celis discusses her career and professional aspirations.

What drew you to architecture?

In high school and college, my favorite subjects were math, physics, and art. Architecture is a careful balance of right-brain and left-brain activities that combines these interests. I began my college career studying architectural history at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, where I felt inspired by the be