Originally from Lima, Peru, Fabiola joined Wheeler Kearns Architects (WKA) in 2019. She received her Bachelor and Master of Architecture degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where she won the top Honor award on two school-wide design competitions. She was also honored with the Best and Brightest award, which included a full scholarship and teaching assistant position for Ball State’s MArch program.
With WKA, Fabi has worked on several projects for the Elgin Math + Science Academy, including a Masterplan, renovation of their existing Art Barn, and the renovation of their Middle School building. Fabi has also worked on the Ryan Learning Center Renovation for the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Great Lakes Academy Expansion, which renovated a former Catholic Church and connected it to the school’s existing 1911 three-story academic building with a new one-story contemporary glass link.
Prior to joining WKA, Fabi worked at GREC Architects where she focused on a large mixed-use development comprised of two 17-story towers located in Chicago’s Near West Side neighborhood. The project is set to achieve LEED Silver Certification. Her experience also includes workplace design and single-family residences in the Indiana Dunes area and along the cost of Lima, Peru.
Outside of work, Fabiola actively serves as a mentor through Arquitina, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and ACE Mentorship programs in Chicago. She is involved in Arquitectos, a non-profit organization that provides professional guidance and an accurate representation of minorities for the purpose of amplifying their presence within the broader architecture field. Fabi is a registered Architect in Illinois, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and is currently on the Young Professional Board of Intuit: The Center for Intuit and Outsider Art.
Fabi enjoys biking and estate sale shopping. She lives in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood with her husband and their dog.