5 Questions with Susan Troski, Graduate Architect

Axis Architecture Staff Profile

Meet Susan Troski, Associate AIA and graduate architect at Axis Architecture + Interiors. Susan graduated from Ohio State University’s Master’s in Architecture program. Outside of Axis, Susan enjoys volunteering at the Young Architects Forum and the Indianapolis Art Center’s summer architecture camp.

Susan Troski

How would you describe your design style?

Simple, modern, and functional.


What is the best career advice you have ever received?

I think every bit of advice you pick up throughout your career path is as important as the next. It’s that encouragement and perspective that shapes who you become and where you end up. Despite its overuse, “Work hard, play hard” is a favorite of mine because at the end of the day, life is about balance. I also have my own little mantra I turn to from time to time: “Be great and grateful” because confidence is vital in today’s competitive and critical world. Plus, you can never say thank you enough!


If you were a part of a building, which part would you be and why?

I’d most definitely be the deck. My inner hippie would say because it’s a connection between the built environment and nature. But I also think there’s a fun and relaxing warmth associated with a backyard deck that matches my personality.


You’re looking for inspiration. What do you do? Who do you turn to?

First thing I do is immediately put on headphones and sketch. Music (preferably movie scores) always helps me focus, stimulates those creative juices, and gets me out of my own head. Collaborating with a team member or co-worker is also a tremendous help. A fresh set of eyes can do wonders! I also turn to Google and design books for inspiration. There is so much design content out there that it’s easy to find current and historical precedents that you can relate to.


What do you enjoy doing in for free time?

You can find me either at a concert, binge watching something magnificent on my couch, canoeing with my husband, hanging with my adorable dog (Luna), or doing some sort of puzzle.