Abigael (Abbi) Weller completed all her AXP hours in April of 2020 after passing all the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Architect Registration Exams (ARE) in 2019. She received her official registration number from the state of Missouri making her officially a licensed architect in 2020! This is some much-needed good news during these uncertain times.
“In 2008 I was volunteering in public-aid housing and after walking around with the residents, it became clear to me that the facility could have been designed better,” said Weller. “All humans deserve to live in nice spaces; and someone should design them that way. I just decided I could be that person. I was determined to become an architect, and I have never looked back since.”
“Abbi joined M+H as a summer intern in 2016 and it was evident immediately that she was a natural fit with our firm culture,” said Mike Deane, Principal of M+H Architects. “Her rapid growth from student to registered architect didn’t surprise any of us. Abbi is passionate about architecture, serves in a leadership role for multiple professional organizations, and embodies an energy and enthusiasm that she applies to everything she does. We are proud of Abbi and how much she contributes to our firm and the profession of architecture.”
Abbi thought the hardest part was learning how to study effectively especially after working all day. “It is hard not to feel burnt out when studying intently for such a long period of time. I tried to make sure I gave myself a week or two between each section of exams to read a good book to clear my head before diving back into studying.”
When asked what advice she would give her younger self on pursuing a career in architecture Abbi said, “Spend more time in studio, not a lot just enough to give your project an edge ahead.” The first person she shared the news with was her dog, Maison, “She was there when I got home from my exam. Then my fiancé. Then my parents.”
Abbi will be presented with an embroidered pull over to commemorate the occasion as well as the inter-office traveling T-square trophy to which she will add her name. . . once it has been disinfected and this pandemic is over. She will get to keep the trophy until the next employee receives their registration! Congrats Abbi!