Nikki Wilken

Architectural Intern

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About Nikki

Nikki Wilken is a rising star in architecture, currently pursuing her Master of Architecture and Design at Kansas State University. Her academic journey has been marked by excellence, as she graduated first in her high school class and consistently maintains a perfect 4.0 GPA in her graduate studies. Committed to making a difference, Nikki actively participates in the First Generation Mentor and Peer Educator Programs and serves on the Architecture Student Advisory Board (ASAB).

Nikki’s talents are both impressive and diverse, from beautifully rendered hand sketches and detailed 3D modeling to leadership skills and fluency in Spanish. But what truly sets her apart is her passion for positively impacting communities and individuals through architecture. Her Mexican heritage—known for its vibrant art, music, cuisine and tradition—inspires her to “create spaces that foster connection and love.” She believes the best project is one that marries aesthetic beauty with functionality while benefiting the community it serves.

Nikki is a force of creativity, compassion, and dedication, poised to leave an indelible mark on both the field of architecture and the lives of those around her.

 

“As architects, our success is defined by the fulfillment we bring communities and individuals, not what we spent eight months modeling on the computer. I prioritize people because they are what truly matter in my life.”

Experience

Education:
  • Will graduate Kansas State University in Spring 2024

Fun Facts:

  • Grew up in Ulysses, Kansas, population 5,770 (and probably knows everyone in town)

  • Her community held several fundraisers and her family held a large garage sale to help fund her study abroad experience. "Orvieto, Italy, is by far the best place I have ever been," she says.

  • If she had to pick one food to eat for the rest of her life…MAC & CHEESE

  • In high school she played Rapunzel in the musical "Into the Woods" (no surprise there, I mean, have you seen her hair?) She says, "I was horrible. HAHA!" (We find that hard to believe Nikki, nope, not buying it.)

  • Enjoys volleyball, plays Alto Saxophone, and unabashedly loves Harry Potter