What made you want to choose architecture as a career?
My dad flipped houses on the weekend when I was growing up. I got to visit the sites frequently and just loved seeing the transformations and the variety of different houses. It spurred an obsession with drawing made-up floor plans, my favorite of which was a circular house that I imagined I would live in one day. When it came to choosing a major in school, architecture just made sense.
What was the pivotal moment in your education?
Studying abroad in Italy. It was really the first time I got to see buildings I felt like I already knew everything about, almost as if we were meeting celebrities. It helped to put the process of architecture into perspective and to develop my love of traveling.
What’s your favorite thing about working here?
The scale – of the office itself, the neighborhood we are in, and the types of projects we take on. All three are small to medium in size which means that you get to know every nook and cranny very well.
What was your favorite travel experience?
10 days in Brazil. We saw everything from the famous beaches to historic mountain towns to the iconic city of Brasilia, and just about every single work of architecture by Oscar Niemeyer, which is quite the experience in itself. The whole trip was just absolutely breathtaking.
What are your passions outside of work?
Ceramics and baking are two at the top of my list. Ceramics is mostly wheel-throwing of bowls and vases and such. Baking is mostly of pies and bread puddings, both savory and sweet. The two hobbies oddly have a lot in common.