Q: What inspired you to become an architect?
A: I was influenced heavily by the side of my family that were architects and millworkers in Germany. As a child, I spent my summer vacations there. Being in the woodshop was the only place I wanted to be. Watching my uncle first draw out on paper a design of something and then watching him create it in the shop to me was incredible. To me, not only was the final object a piece of art but, so was the process.
Q: What’s your favorite part about being an architect?
A: Being part of the process of creating something that started from nothing, and then at the end, being something. Even with renovation projects, it is the same.
Q: How do you stay up to date in an ever-evolving industry?
A: By talking to friends and colleagues that are also in the design and construction profession. I find that one-on-one conversations provide great insight into what is going on in addition to seminars and conferences. Those conversations reveal the actual reality of the business.
Q: What’s one piece of advice you would give to a prospective architect?
A: Have patience. Take the time to learn. Patience equals experience. We leave college with basic knowledge. However, basic knowledge cannot be properly applied until one has gained experience, which only comes with time. That is hard to convey when technology is moving faster and faster. Ideas can be created on a screen or from a printer in 3D almost instantly. But is it correct? It is through experience that one can apply their knowledge. Also, it is important to know that gaining experience never ends.