Profile: Cassie Walker, CSI, AIA, CDT

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CSI Member Spotlight
A look into the organization and its members.
By Luis Losada

This month we continue our "Spotlight on CSI Membership" and introduce to you Cassie Walker, Associate at Curtis + Ginsberg. 

Cassie moved to NYC 7 years ago after completing her Master of Architecture at Clemson University in South Carolina. She has been with Curtis + Ginsberg Architects for almost 7 years and is an Associate there now. The firm specializes in affordable housing and small institutional projects.  She is a licensed architect in New York, a member of the American Institute of Architects and, of course, Construction Specification Institute. She is also an Advisory Board member of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) 2G Board and NYSAFAH 2G Events Committee Co-Chair.

Outside of work, she has quite a green thumb, bakes a great brownie, pretends to be a photographer, dabbles in home brewing beer and is a regular at a whiskey tasting series in Brooklyn.

Cassie, How were you introduced to CSI and what lead you to join our organization?

I was first introduced to CSI by Angela Centanni at Tandus Centiva. I really enjoyed the first meeting I attended and the people I met there and decided to continue going. I joined CSI to continue the relationships I had made and to support a group I feel is beneficial in the design and construction industry.

How has being a member of CSI helped you throughout your career?

For me, the people I’ve met are the biggest benefit of CSI. The MetroNY chapter is full of friendly and knowledgeable people who have become great resources for me as an architect.

 As a young woman working in the A/E community what trends do you see and how can CSI stay ahead of those trends?

There continues to be a trend toward collaboration at all levels. With new BIM technologies and the very integrative nature of design now, it more important than ever that we all come together to share our knowledge and experience to create better spaces for living. I think CSI is a great place to build relationships and find new collaborators. I would love to see CSI find more ways to promote and encourage further collaboration among all of us.

CSI consists of a vast network of professionals from varying industries.  If you were to give one piece of advice from your perspective as a member of the A/E community to other professionals such as a manufacturer or product representative what would it be?

I feel like we’ve said this at meetings before, but don’t be upset with me if I cannot use your product on every project I have! Rather, continue to work with me and share your expertise. I remember the people who are most helpful and will definitely use your product when I have the chance.

Thank you Cassie for supporting the CSI Metro NY chapter and for sharing your thoughts.  We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events. 

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