My road in life took a while to figure out.
When I was young I used to draw houses we stayed in and my mom suggested I go into architecture.
I went to a liberal arts college to explore everything else I was interested in besides architecture.
Then I interned in a firm doing marketing for 2 years to see what it's like to work in a firm.
I got my Masters degree at a school that had an arts approach to design, related to my undergrad ed.
I worked at 3 different firms to fulfill my internship.
The last step was to take my exams to get my license.
I try to have a positive impact on communities through architecture and design.
My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Day to Day
The best days at work are either at the beginning of a project or toward the end of a project. At the beginning, there are days where we hold visioning sessions to envision the future of a project, when clients talk about their needs and start to picture how they are going to work in or inhabit their future space. At the end, there are days when construction is almost complete and we walk the spaces with the client to show them the results of our collective efforts.
Advice for Getting Started
Here's the first step for college students
Architecture is an extremely broad field. There are many ways to be engaged with the profession even if you are not a licensed architect. However, if you want to ultimately own your own firm or be the lead architect on a project, you will need to go through the licensing process. My recommendation is to experience the profession and work in the field to get a sense of what it means to practice. Then you can decide if you want to follow through on getting your license.
My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:
The Noise I Shed
"Architecture is so difficult and it takes so long to become and architect. Why don't you do something that would give you more immediate satisfaction?"