Calli joined Wheeler Kearns in 2013 as an Intern Architect. Before moving to Chicago, Calli interned at Architecture Plus, Inc. in Arkansas, where she worked on several residential projects and a Middle School in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.
She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. During college, Calli spent a semester at the University of Arkansas Rome Center in Rome and participated in a Latin American Urban Studio in Cuzco, Peru. She also participated in an elective studio that was taught by Vincent James and Jennifer Yoos of VJAA that focused on elevated cities and transportation systems.
Calli’s undergraduate work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Barbara C. Crook Medal, awarded to the fifth year architecture student in her class with the highest cumulative record in technical studies, and the 2012 Witsell Evans Rasco Fourth Year Studio Design Competition for which she received first place. She completed an undergraduate thesis during her fifth year of school titled “A Study of the Influence of Clientele on Residential Architectural Design through the Work of E. Fay Jones,” which earned her an honors degree.
While at the University of Arkansas, Calli worked as a Teaching Assistant for several architectural courses, volunteered as the Honors College Representative for the Fine Arts Fee Committee, and designed weekly posters to advertise the Fay Jones School of Architecture Distinguished Lecture Series. Her leadership continues to extend into the community and she actively serves as a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Chicago.
Calli is a registered architect in Illinois.