Alyssa Frystak is the Associate Director of Research and Data Analytics at PlaceEconomics. She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Historic Preservation Program, where she was the inaugural recipient of the Mencoff Family Fellowship in Historic Preservation. A Chicago native, Alyssa’s interest lies at the intersection of historic preservation, affordable housing, urban planning, and public policy and investigating ways in which these distinct, yet interconnected disciplines can be used to break down racial and socioeconomic barriers to preserve communities.
Her masters thesis, “Small but Mighty: Combatting the Affordable Housing Crisis Through Small-Scale Historic Rehabilitation,” was an exploration of these interests. While at SAIC, she was the teaching assistant for two classes that worked to put forth innovative strategies for the creation of affordable housing in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. Alyssa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also a member of the Skyline Council, Landmarks Illinois’ committee for young and emerging professionals.
Before entering the field, she was a professional ballet dancer, working for both the Milwaukee Ballet and Saint Louis Ballet. When not geeking out over old buildings, Alyssa can be found exploring all 77 of Chicago’s vibrant neighborhoods, antiquing, collecting vinyl, trying not to kill her plants, or spending time with her cat, Sophie.