Annelie Persson Call AIA, RIBA, LEED AP, CDT
Annelie Persson Call’s compassion and curiosity give her an exceptionally optimistic perspective on the world and an enthusiastic approach to life that has brought her many wonderful experiences. She has taught sailing to disabled kids who typically spent their days strapped into a wheelchair. But Annelie showed them a kind of freedom of movement: how to glide across the water on a boat powered by just the wind. “That was one of the best things in life I have ever done. Not only did I get to share my passion about sailing but I was able to give these kids the opportunity to do something they never thought they could do,” she says. “I will never forget their excitement and the smiles on their faces!”
Years later, while traveling in Tanzania she had a fascinating encounter. “As a white female in one of Tanzania’s small villages I obviously stood out,” she recalls. “I would always carry my camera with me, taking pictures of what was to me a very exotic environment. I had been advised to be careful with my camera since the village had many inhabitants from the warrior Maasai culture. To be photographed would mean to them to lose their life and soul.” But the men usually worked outside the village as guards on nearby estates or at government buildings. However, one evening as she walked through the village with a local friend… “All of a sudden, on an empty narrow street, we were standing eye to eye with an extremely tall Maasai man.
The three of us just stopped, deliberating who was going to give room for the other one to pass by. The Maasai man was extremely intimidating; with his head kept high, dressed in colorful traditional cloths, and with a gigantic machete tied to his hip. His background was a warrior culture, after all. I was holding my breath, staring straight in front of me, waiting on someone’s next move. After what felt like several long minutes, the Maasai suddenly spoke up. My friend listened, then turned to me and translated, ‘The warrior wants to know your name.’ I said, ‘What? He doesn’t want me to get off his land and leave him alone?’ My friend kept on translating between the tall man and me, which turned out to be a very interesting conversation.
After exchanging questions and answers, the Maasai thanked me for being open minded, for respecting him and not judging his people who were ‘different’ from me. I personally couldn’t have been happier. For those few minutes I had personal insight into a unique culture thousands of years old.” Ever since, Annelie has carried with her the lesson she learned that evening: To walk this world believing that no one is a stranger is far more important than looking around for things to photograph.
Annelie’s infectious enthusiasm extends to her professional career at Page where she participates in all project phases, from programming and schematic design through construction administration. Her primary interests are exterior architecture, sustainable design, and building information modeling (BIM), and her experience includes projects for healthcare, hospitality, residential, and commercial clients. She recalls when she was given the responsibility of leading a design team for the first time since joining Page. “It’s a nice feeling,” she reports, “when someone pushes you over the edge and says ‘show me you can fly,’ and you actually spread your wings and fly even higher!”
Annelie received her Masters of Architecture from the Lund Institute of Technology at Lund University in Lund, Sweden. She received additional training through the International Exchange Program at the University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Architecture and International Project Studies at NASA Headquarters – Houston, Texas and Tanzania, Africa.
She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Royal Institutes of British Architects (RIBA) and the Swedish Association of Architects (SAR: Svenska Arkitekters Riksförbund). Certified as a LEED Accredited Professional, she also holds a certificate from the Construction Specifications Institute as a Construction Documents Technologist (CDT).