Born in Poland, and growing up in Rwanda, Angela’s experience living in three continents, in cities of various sizes, densities, cultures and built environments shaped her interest in globally-oriented, contextually-sensitive spaces that promote dignity and well-being. Angela is quadrilingual, with the ability to fluently speak French, Kinyarwanda, Polish, and English.
Angela Shyaka graduated Magna Cum Laude from Drury University in May 2019, with a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. While at Drury, Angela was involved with American Institute of Architecture Students, the Drury Ambassadors, Tau Sigma Delta and was honored with an extensive list of achievements. She was nominated for four Librarium awards; awarded AIA Springfield Certificate & Book Award; and she also won the Librarium Prize for “Best 5th Year Thesis Project”, which rethought the way in which culture heritage is preserved in Rwanda, proposing a more inclusive and socially-engaging method by rethinking the market typology.
What sparked Angela’s interest in architecture, was not only her affinity for art, math, and psychology, but also when she realized the multidisciplinary nature of the field, and how she can approach design with empathy and exploration in the attempt to impact lives and shape environments. Angela views architecture as a catalyst for change, and she’s passionate about it’s power to positively influence social, cultural and environmental surroundings.
In her free time, you can find Angela traveling, learning about other cultures, hanging out with friends and family, listening to philosophy podcasts, serving the community, or shooting photography.