The memory of an individual and the combined memory of the community as a whole are embodied by the footprints of the former World Trade Center Towers and the new future for the area. On a
personal level, and as members of our larger communities, we were all affected by the terrorist attacks on February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001. The footprints serve as healing points for our great losses.
Brian Strawn was born and raised on a small farm in Alexander, Illinois. His interest in nature led him to pursue an undergraduate degree in zoology. After completion of his undergraduate degree in 1997 at Southern Illinois University, he worked for a year at the Henson Robinson Zoo, and participated in a work abroad program in London. His travels in Europe inspired him to go on to graduate school in architecture; he received a Master of Arts in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2003. While there, Mr. Strawn participated in housing, mixed-use, long span, and digital media studios. He took part in a study abroad studio in Rome and a summer course on high rise technology at T.U. Delft in Holland. While at university, he was nominated for the Chicago AIA, Ben Johnck Award in 2002, and was awarded the Susan Nealy/FGM Fund for Architectural Studies Portfolio Award in 2003. He now works for an architecture firm in Chicago.
Karla Sierralta was born and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela. She received her bachelor of architecture from the University of Zulia (LUZ) in 1999. After graduation, she continued working at the university's research center for one year, participating in design team work for low income-bioclimatic dwelling prototypes. In 2000, she was a recipient for a scholarship to participate in an Academic Training Program for Future Professors at LUZ. A year later, Ms. Sierralta was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue her Masters in Architecture at the University of Illinois in Chicago; she was awarded her degree this year. During her time at the University of Illinois she participated in a housing studio, a long span and a digital media studio, as well as a study abroad program in Rome, Italy. She now works for a small architecture firm in Chicago, Illinois, as an academic training extension of her Fulbright scholarship.
Model Fabrication: Model Options, Chicago, IL
Illustrations/animation: Vertex Graphics, Chicago, IL
Engineering consultant: Louis Shell
Lighting consultant: Schuler & Shook, Inc.
Model Photography: Jock Pottle/Esto