What’s the best thing about working in this industry?
The best thing about working in this industry is mentoring younger people on the methods of interacting with clients, contractors, consultants, and other architects. I enjoy teaching them how to get to the main solutions of an issue to see the big picture and manage their time knowing this.
What is your area of expertise within architecture and design?
My area of expertise is Healthcare Planning and Design. Hospitals are like mini cities within themselves. They all have mechanical spaces, a library, a restaurant, a chapel, business offices, technical imaging rooms, surgical rooms, emergency rooms, patient care spaces, etc. You get to work on different project types without ever leaving the campus.
When did you know you wanted to be an architect/designer?
When my grandmother took me to the east wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. This wing was designed by I.M. Pei and it really affected the way I saw physical space, natural light, building materials and methods. To this day, I think it’s one of the most amazing buildings I’ve ever been in.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Never let them see you sweat!”
Do you have any hidden talents?
One of my hidden talents is that I have a sort of photographic memory. I can usually see the “picture” in my head of something way in the past and then that helps me remember more specifics.