At 6 years old, Alicia Ponce–a tom-boy that didn’t mind getting dirty while playing with dirt and rocks–observed her uncle, a civil engineer, directing at a construction site and got hooked on architecture. Three years ago Alicia founded ap.MonArch, an architecture, interior design, and green consulting firm. She talks to us about the challenges that led her to becoming self-employed–including a corporate structure where colleagues refused to learn the proper pronunciation of an ethnic name but conveniently dropped it into proposals to appear ‘diverse’. She’s passionate about green construction and design and also talks to us about her love of building and creating and being an educator at Columbia College Chicago–a job that she says, “keeps me on my toes.”
Alicia Ponce, 1 of 2, 7:04
Alicia Ponce, 2 of 2, 7:29
interview: Liza Ann Acosta. photo: Thelma Uranga.