Sam's upbringing in the Near West Side of Chicago to immigrant parents has shaped how he thinks about the built environment. He believes in the democratization of beautiful spaces and structures--that great design should be accessible to all. His interests include materiality, spirituality, and the effect a space has on the mind and body. Sam is part of - lieu, an architectural design firm based in Chicago. His previous experience includes designing large campus master plans for an electric vehicle startup, and building award-winning residential, commercial, and institutional projects at John Ronan Architects. Sam holds a Master in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelors in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.