My name is Jacob Wall. I'm from Wisconsin. I work at Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects as an architectural designer.
What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?
I am most passionate about issues of social justice and how as a society we can better allow everyone to become their best selves. I wonder a lot about how political forces control the environments we live in and, in turn, the lives we go on to live. As the challenges our society face only continue to mount I want to advocate for a "back to basics" mentality that recognizes the basic needs of everyone and our failure to provide these needs in the supply side economic system that we live under. If we can begin to better understand these social and political issues, I believe we will be more readily able to address the environmental and technical challenges that humanity will face in the future.
What exciting projects/research are you working on now?
As I just graduated and entered the workforce, I am not formally doing research at the moment. But, I believe I am an observer by nature and as such am always paying deep attention to the world around me. At the moment, I am most interested in observing the world through the lens of sociology. I enjoy learning about how societies come to be how they are, and how participants within a society experience things differently.
What are your plans for the next five years?
I would like to become a registered architect, but this is just the beginning. I would like to go to graduate school and study the social sciences, possibly in sociology or geography. I have lived in Chicago for 5 years and I love this city, but New York is also curious to me, so if I could live there for some time, I think I would benefit a lot from that.
What made you want to apply to SISE?
First off, I just enjoy talking about important things with interesting people. Trying to engage with different institutions around Chicago is a good way to do this. I also hope to become more articulate with my own thoughts though interfacing with highly qualified people. I really enjoy learning new things and having new experiences, so this is mostly why SISE became an interest of mine.
What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?
While I have lived in Chicago for 5 years now since moving here for school, I look forward to engaging more deeply in the city with others as I am more able to now. I look forward to having many conversations with others and learning a lot from the vast expertise that will be present at SISE.
Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?
I am unfortunately allergic to cats.