Rachel McCown is an MRED+D student in the class of 2021 cohort. Prior to enrolling at UC Berkeley, Rachel worked in architecture at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill-Chicago. Her two years at SOM primarily focused on large-scale residential, office and retail projects in the United States and China, assisting in all aspects of the design and technical coordination process. Other work experience includes time at HDR-Boston in healthcare design and BVH-Omaha in religious architecture.
Rachel grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Design and Architectural Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2018. While at UNL, she sat as president of the US Green Builders Council and held positions on the Student Advisory Board, Faculty Search Committees, and Enrichment Committees. Rachel was awarded research positions through the UNL program UCARE, where the focus of the research was mapping exercises of the Great Plains Region and sustainable design strategies at the small scale of homestead vernacular.
Ms. McCown joins the MRED+D program seeking tools and knowledge to build sustainable communities and help solve complex problems that we face in our world today. In her free time she enjoys cooking, travel, yoga, painting, and live music in good company.