Stephanie Silkwood

  • Associate Principal

AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP; San Jose Studio

Where did you go to school?

I graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, home of the “Learn by Doing” philosophy. This motto has prepared me to face challenges knowing that any task is achievable when you have the right attitude and the right team, even if you have to learn as you go. Creating innovative solutions requires an ongoing learning process. I look forward to learning new things every day, and I’m pretty sure I’d be bored if I didn’t!

What do you do at RMW?

I am an Associate Principal and a licensed architect, but I don’t think that fully describes my role at RMW. Any given day might include creating conceptual drawings, collaborating with the client and design team, producing construction documents, and responding to contractors’ needs.

What do you like about the firm?

I like being surrounded by exceptional, creative people, who can work as a team to accomplish great things for our clients. Our mission is to have a positive impact on the planet. Any project – big or small – has a purpose to improve the world we live in and the way we do things. We focus on listening and learning how to help our clients meet their goals, and we strive to do the right thing every step of the way.

Who is your role model and why?

My role model is my twin sister, Sarah. Since day one, we’ve always challenged each other to be better people and achieve great things.

What was your favorite community or philanthropic event last year?

I volunteer annually to help sort food at the local Second Harvest Food Bank. There’s something interesting about shuffling canned goods around and getting to know the strangers around you. Although it’s a team-building exercise with people you may never meet again, it’s a reminder of how easy it is to come together to make a difference in the community.