Gianna Demertzis was born in Chicago, IL , and earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture (2012) and Master of Architecture (2015) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In May 2015 Gianna was awarded the Schiff Foundation Fellowship from the Art Institute of Chicago, where her work has become a part of the permanent collection. Gianna likes architecture mostly because of being able to evoke an emotional response in the users and the space. Gianna enjoys photography, film, writing, and cooking. She spends most of her summers in Greece, where the majority of her family members reside.