Monika A. Grinbergs Intern Architect 1, Associate AIA Member

Monika was born in Zug Switzerland, but grew up in Sammamish, Washington. She then moved to Troy, NY to study architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During her time at RPI, Monika competed on the varsity swim team, was a teaching assistant for various architectural history courses and worked in the Department of Residence Life. 

When Monika graduated, she moved to Saranac Lake to work for R.E. Hanpeter, AIA - Architect. She is currently working towards completing her IDP hours and becoming a licensed architect. Her passion for historic architecture has deepened her appreciation for the rich architectural legacy of the Adirondack region. Monika is an avid outdoor enthusiast and is working towards hiking all 46 Adirondack High Peaks while living in Saranac Lake. She enjoys staying active both physically and in the community.

EDUCATION          Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

                                   Bachelor of Architecture, Minor in Political Science– Dean’s List - Varsity Swim Captain - 2014

                                    RPI Italian Study Abroad Program – Fall Semester 2011

                       Eastlake High School – 4.0 GPA - Varsity Swim Captain - 2009


R.E. Hanpeter, AIA- Architect, Saranac Lake, NY     2014 – to Present as Associate Architect

CAD Draftsperson, Staff Designer working with Renee and Rich to produce DataCAD- based Construction Document preparation and management, gathering of Field Data, preparation of Existing Condition, Schematic Design and Design Development drawings and presentations to clients and the community.

RPI SoA CANstruction Team- Albany Capital Region     2012-2014

Designed, fundraised, and built structures out of cans to donate to the Capital Region Food Bank. RPI had the only student run team in the region. We won “Best use of Labels” 2012 and “Most Structurally Innovative” and “Fan Favorite” in 2013 and 2014.

Smart Geometry “Red Shirt” Participant- Team “Transgranular Persperation”    Spring 2012 Troy, NY

Assisted with construction, design and implementation of experiments pertaining to elemental and material qualities of ceramics and their possible applications in building science. Also co-authored a research paper on the same topic that was published and presented for the October 2013 ACADIA Conference.

Easton + Combs- Architect, New York, NY         April-June 2011

Worked on Installation and Fabrication team of “Changing Room” exhibit in the Extension Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute-Troy, NY     2012-2013 Resident Assistant, 2013-2014 Resident Director

Columbia Athletic Club- Sammamish, WA 2006-2013 Swim Coach/Instructor, Lifeguard, Customer Service