Ashley Ozburn is a Project Architect in Studio Gang’s Chicago office, where she is engaged in educational and residential projects of various scales, including the University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons and a new net-zero campus for the Academy of Global Citizenship, among others. Oz is driven by a desire to solve complex problems while refining small details through architecture. Drawn to Studio Gang for its strength in hand-made model making, Oz enjoys exploring and pushing materiality, using the model-making process to more completely understand how things are constructed. Her interest in craftsmanship affords her opportunities to collaborate with tradespeople, learning their craft and working together to utilize their skills in new ways while also learning about the very real constraints of a material or technique.
A true Virginia native, although Chicago now feels like home, Oz received much of her professional education in Raleigh, North Carolina, a robust city with a great architectural community to which she contributed through her participation in the North Carolina AIA and teaching at NC State University College of Design. She holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University, where she was awarded the David M. Schwarz Travel Grant, allowing her to research the architectural consequences of urban warfare and to document cultural forms of post-traumatic reconstruction in Greece, Cyprus, and Beirut.
Outside the Studio, Oz continues to feed her love of building by dabbling in furniture making and obsessively growing her power tool collection. She takes any chance she can to catch a sunset over Lake Michigan or drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains on backroads in Virginia. She still makes frequent trips down south to join discussions on how architecture and digital networks can assist in boosting the rural economies of North Carolina.
Registrations & Certifications
Registered Architect, North Carolina
LEED Accredited Professional