- Give us a short bio...
I grew up moving all over and have lived in eleven different states. I spent the most amount of time in Colorado, though, and consider that where I am from. I went to school at Kansas State, work at Dewberry and have been living in Tulsa a little over two years.
- How long have you been a member of AIA?
I have been a member since 2015.
- Why did you join AIA? Are you involved with the chapter?
I joined because I wanted to become more involved in the profession and the influence it can have in a community.
- What’s your favorite AIAEOK event?
I really enjoyed the Women in Design - Mentorship Mixer.
- What’s your favorite thing about AIA?
I enjoy how the AIA brings professionals together with shared interests, provides a way to explore new ideas, and celebrates good work.
- What or who inspired you to become an architect?
I made the decision in fourth grade when I did a mentorship program in school. I discovered I was not suited to be a veterinarian, which was who I shadowed, when I almost fainted watching a surgery. Instead I got jealous of the cool model that some other kid built when shadowing an architect and my interest just built from there.
- What do you think/hope your occupation will look like in 10 years?
I think there will probably be an increased focus on technology and virtual reality in whatever way that interfaces with production of drawings as well as client interaction.
- What has been your most exciting project and why?
I don’t know if I would call it exciting but I have been most influenced by working with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. I have learned so much and have a much greater appreciation for a profession I never gave much thought to before.
- What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma?
Right now I am really liking the Gathering Place and the attention it is bringing for the city and state. A lot of times Oklahoma doesn’t get much credit and it is nice to see how we can create spaces for our own benefit as well as prove that we have a lot to offer.
- On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you?
Usually I will be at home, drinking coffee, and spending some time with my dog before I start the day.
- One advise you could give architects in general, women-architect in specific?
That’s a tough one because I don’t have that many years of experience myself but I would probably say to not lose your passion. Most people get into architecture because something about it excites them and it is so easy to forget that in the day-to-day tasks. When the passion is gone it is hard to grow as an individual and as a profession.
- What are you listening to/reading/or watching these days?
I am currently reading “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt and will probably see the movie when I am done.