MY PATH IS MY OWN.
In Kindergarten I began building houses with Legos according to plans I rudimentarily drew. I wanted to be an architect. I fell in love with the notion that a mere thought could eventually be built and occupied.
As time went on my plans became more elaborate and I ditched Legos for Basswood models. It was my passion, my hobby, and what gave me joy. A few apprenticeships later I found myself in an Architectural Studies program at UIUC.
Midway through my undergrad I noticed a shift. I wasn’t as excited about designing a building as I was to develop the presentation boards and drawings that I would communicate my ideas through. It was an art in itself – ink on Strathmore or Mylar, grandiose renderings, an articulated story to convey meaning in both words and graphics.
I graduated and found myself living in Arizona working for an architecture firm where I detailed fire stations and retail buildings. Not fun. Through a series of fortunate events, I was given an opportunity to develop a marketing program and department for them – focusing on winning work through proposals and collateral. Marrying my appreciation for the built environment with my strengths in communicating stories was a game-changer.
I never looked back. 15+ years later (gulp), I’ve worked for architects, contractors, engineers, manufacturers, and furniture dealers doing what I absolutely love. I’ve grown in my career and spread wings wide and far to fuel the desire that was always there, while staying connected to my training as an architect.