What is your background? Describe your journey from first deciding you wanted to be an architect to now?
My first decision to go to architecture school came from my sister in law. She was already in the program at CU Boulder so I shadowed her for a day of classes. It was inspiring and very informative. I then took 2 summer internships with the same firm in Grand Junction and helped with both architecture and interior design. I thought maybe I wanted to be an interior designer but ultimately stayed with architecture. After college I took a job which led me to California for 1.5 years. I transferred within that company back to Denver. Once my now husband and I started dating I knew I would be headed back to the mountains which is how I ended up in the Roaring Fork Valley. I gained my LEED AP BD+C in June. 2014 and have 2 ARE tests left to become licensed
What firm are you currently with and how long have you been there?
I currently work for Poss Architecture + Planning and June 2019 will be 4 years with this firm.
What have been some of your favorite/proudest projects to work on?
I am extremely proud of my first project which was for Gulfstream in Georgia. My only project with Poss was just finished as well in Kauai, HI. I have worked on projects from tilt-up concrete design, to luxury privately-owned residences, to large-scale commercial to hospitality. I am proud to work in an office that has a diverse portfolio.
What have been some of the biggest challenges in your career and how did you overcome them?
A big challenge I faced with starting at a firm in California was being a female in a male driven work place. I had to learn to stand up for myself whether that was knowing the plans or in a meeting. Having a voice and knowing the project really helped me overcome that. Even now I am one of few women in my office on the architecture side. Being strong and having a voice has helped.
What advice do you have for an emerging professional?
Learn and ask as many questions as you can from your mentors. The “old” guys in the office have so much knowledge and want you to ask questions even if it seems stupid.
Why did you choose to get involved with AIA Colorado as a member, volunteer and now board member?
I chose to get involved because I am proud to be an architect and want to help the community that helps my profession. I want to make a positive impact on the field I have given so much time, dedication and passion towards.
What part of the 2019 AIA Colorado workplan are you most excited about?
I am most excited about the new opportunities we will have to reach the emerging generation of architects. And for them having a voice in our community.
What are the largest challenges for architects in Colorado right now?
I think a large challenge is all of the people moving to Colorado. Housing will become a large challenge, and in parts like the Roaring Fork Valley, are already a challenge. Affordable housing and the space that is needed.
Where do you see the profession going in the future?
I see the profession going more technological. The use of VR headsets and the rendering process. The emerging professionals will take the architecture world into a whole other dimension of drawings. It will be fun to be a part of that path.
What do you like to do outside of work and service?
I like to be outside! My husband and I are very active. Since we have had our daughter, spending time as a family, exploring and adventuring have taken on a whole new meaning. I also love to sew and make quilts. Being an architect, I also have designed some of our remodels for our house!