chapter  7
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Ellen Cassilly: Talking and Sketching

Ellen Cassilly is a freshly minted young architect, circa 1988, armed with an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M, and further bolstered by a graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Architecture. She believes in herself and her capabilities as an architect. She says, there's nothing quite as impressive as chatting with clients who are talking about their wants, needs, and desires while they're waving their hands all about the room. It is, she says, an interactive experience for the client and an inspired part of an architect's life. She says that it's the hand drawing that opens up the possibilities. With her husband, Frank Konhaus, she also brought an internationally recognized artist, Georges Rouse, to Durham in 2006. There, he created 11 public art projects, all critically acclaimed. Some of the awards of Cassilly are namely, The pavilion in Durham Central Park, Golden Leaf Awards for Community Appearance, Durham City-County Appearance Commission.