Genevieve (Genna) Druzak, AIA, NCIDQ, LEED AP


Genna Druzak in the WMF Erie Office

Genevieve (Genna) Druzak is a Registered Architect and Principal with the firm. Since joining the firm in 2008, she has been heavily involved in the integration of new technology into our design process, particularly Building Information Modeling (BIM). She has taught multiple classes as adjunct faculty at Mercyhurst University, often related to the evolving use of BIM in the design industry. Outreach and mentorship is a passion, as she has been involved in several Young Explorers programs for the Boy Scouts of America as well as having served as Associates Chair for the local AIA chapter of Northwest Pennsylvania, coordinating efforts of young architects trying to establish themselves within the community.

Crediting a childhood love of Legos and fort-building, she knew early on that she would pursue a career in building and design. Heavily influenced by the works and philosophy of Louis Sullivan, her mantra can be found in his words, “The architect who combines in his being the powers of vision, of imagination, of intellect, of sympathy with human need and the power to interpret them in a language vernacular and time--- is he who shall create poems in stone.” It is specifically this “sympathy with human need” that compels her work, putting the client and their purpose at the forefront of the design process.

Perfection is when I’m snuggled on the couch with my two kids, husband, and three dogs; with a glass of wine (preferably a Pinot Noir) and a good book (preferably fiction). Usually one of the kids is jumping on me, the dogs are trying to sit on my head and the wine spills on my book, but I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.

As an Erie native, she has strong ties to her community and is proud to be part of several projects revitalizing the City. She hopes this effort will lay the groundwork for a successful future, a future that she holds dear specifically for her two young children.