Aaron Merchant, LEED AP

Architectural Intern 

Education:
Master of Architecture
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Like many of his colleagues at BLDD, Aaron knew that architecture was his calling from a young age, though it wasn’t until later in his career that he discovered his passion for integrated design, sustainability, and environment-behavior.  In a profession that has at times faced criticism for being too technocentric, Aaron believes strongly in the value of architecture’s human side and strives to bring this sensibility to every project. “For better or for worse, each of us develops these tremendously deep and personal connections with the environments we encounter in our daily lives. As an architect, it’s my job to make that connection as positive, ennobling, and meaningful for each person as possible. Architecture is as much about people as it is about the physical building.”

Outside the office, Aaron’s creative outlets include photography, woodworking, and the piano (barring any woodworking mishaps).  He is an ardent film “geek” and a member of Champaign’s Art Theater Cooperative, as well as an avid trivia buff, Fighting Illini fan, golfer, skier, and enjoyer of quality time with friends and family.