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Manuela Zoninsein

  • | Women in Construction Ambassador
I always knew I was meant to work with my hands and create. My mother paints and I embellished painting and drawing skills at a young age. I fell in love with geometry and algebra in high school and knew I was meant to be in building design. Growing up in Chicago definitely had an influence from the amazing architecture and history the city offers. In 2020, I graduated with a degree in Architecture at the UIUC. 2020 was a challenging year to graduate from college and seek jobs. No one was hiring and construction was at a halt. I had lined up a job at an eng/arch firm that ghosted me due to COVID. I found a job that kept me in the design field. I was an engineer for a stone subcontractor and coded CAD into machines that cut counters. I have Salesforce Tower, Tribune Tower, Triangle Square and more experience. I later got a PE position with a small firm and redesigned roofs, decks, and performed inspections. Once I moved to BOWA, I truly felt like a successful woman in this industry. I am supported and given challenging and fulfilling work, and have an amazing team.

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