Anna Van Wickle
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2015
Bachelor of Architecture
California State University, Florence, IT, 2013-2014
With NMA Since
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest surrounded by trees, water, and mountains. My small town of Gig Harbor sits on a peninsula in the Puget Sound in Washington State. When not exploring the outdoors, I played on countless sports teams. Volleyball was my favorite, which later lead to meeting my future husband playing intramural volleyball at Cal Poly. We now spend our time serving as youth leaders at our church and playing city-league sports with friends.
My mom suggested to me when I was 11 that I should explore becoming an architect, and sure enough, it stuck with me all the way through. Her father and grandfather both made their marks on Harrisburg, PA as architects, and I have taken several tours of their many works. Additionally, I grew up watching my dad help bring spectacular parks to life through his work with the park district, and I was first in line to witness how those parks transformed our community’s ability to engage with the outdoors.
Most recently, watching my parents move from a housing development to their little oasis on the Puget Sound gave me a window into the deep impact a home, both the interior function and exterior setting, can have on our lives. While the large backyard and quiet neighborhood streets of my childhood home served a young family well, I have seen nothing bring joy and peace to my parents’ daily lives like downsizing to the waterfront and beginning to remodel their home to serve their needs and desires.
My favorite memory was my first great adventure with my husband trekking through New Zealand by camper van on our honeymoon. We went sailing on an America’s Cup boat, bungee jumping, cruising through the fjords, and found ourselves alongside each other in countless moments of utter isolation, silence, and beauty.