Dijo is another example of OKW keeping its own. During his off-campus semester, while taking the “Chicago Studio” course in downtown Chicago, Dijo worked as an intern in our architecture studio. Six months later, charmed by both our natural charisma and the architectural heritage of Second City, he joined us as a full-time associate.
Having discovered his affinity for architecture towards the end of high school, Dijo dove headfirst into the profession, first with an undergraduate degree from the Pillai College of Architecture in Mumbai, India, and later a master’s degree from the Illinois School of Architecture. Just as OKW is a studio of multiple disciplines and talents, Dijo’s architectural journey combines his affinity for creative problem solving with the technical rigors of engineering.
Most inspirational or interesting space in (or out of) Chicago: One of the spaces that I find really interesting is this tiny walkway and seating area that wraps around the Adler Planetarium. It’s far out into the lake, so it’s really quiet and it lets you enjoy the breathtaking view of the city and the constant lapping of water.
If you weren't an architect, what would you be?: I think I would pursue my culinary interests and become a chef.
Favorite Childhood TV Show: Captain Planet and ThunderCats