Mika joined Houseal Lavigne in 2018 after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning with a minor in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There, she was an active member of the Executive Board for the Student Planning Organization, the James Scholar Honors Program, and the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Mika was nominated for the Outstanding Sophomore Award by the Department of Urban Planning and was annually placed on the Dean’s List. In 2017, she took a semester abroad in Barcelona, studying the City’s history of urban development and culture.

Mika’s interests range from urban design, public space activation, downtown redevelopment, graphic representation of plans, and determining communities’ unique needs based on data analysis and research. Before joining Houseal Lavigne, Mika worked for Ben Herzog Architect, PC, an architectural firm in Brooklyn, New York, and later for the Downtown Evanston SSA in Illinois.