Taryn Underwood Risley graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Architectural Technology in 2015. She went on to receive a Master of Architecture degree from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale in 2017. Taryn is certified in CM-BIM (Construction Management-Building Information Modeling) and Autodesk Revit. She is an Architect II at FGM Architects. Taryn tells us “Ranken taught me two valuable things, the importance of networking and the tremendous value a technical degree has. I’ve held positions in architecture ranging from drafting to BIM, and VDC (Virtual Design & Construction). I’ve gained valuable experience that helps me thrive as a future licensed architect.”

Kevin Meyer, Principal and Managing Director, FGM Architects, explains “Taryn joined FGMA during the heart of the pandemic. Despite remote work conditions, she is an irreplaceable asset to the team. She possesses a rare combination of exceptional software skills, artistic vision, and eagerness to learn the craft of architecture. Taryn is self-motivating, dedicated, hard-working, and detail oriented. She understands the fast-paced schedule of the commercial world. Taryn is a great addition to FGMA, and I know she will continue to grow and make us better.”

Missy Borchardt, former Architecture Department Chair and instructor, says “Taryn had a strong work ethic, an eye for design, and was a strong role model for many.”
“I was the recipient of several scholarships,” Taryn says. “I am so grateful for the generosity of the Anheuser-Busch InBev Scholarship, BKD Scholarship, Frederick Eiseman Scholarship, the Home Builders Association Scholarship, and a STEM Scholarship.” Taryn was invested in the Ranken community. She was Phi Theta Kappa President, Student Government Association President, Student Ambassador President, and Head Resident Assistant of Ranken’s Dormitory.

Taryn fondly recalls her late nights in the Architecture studio working on models with her peers. Her husband Kasey graduated from Ranken’s Information Technology program in 2015. He is an Infrastructure Engineer for Connectria.

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