Becoming an architect
I studied architecture at Southern Poly Tech University in Georgia. I’ve always loved to draw. I guess I knew I wanted to be an architect when I was in high school. I took drafting classes– the drafts weren’t digital, they were all hand drafts. I really enjoyed the classes, that’s when I said to myself, “I think I can do this.”
That’s tough because architecture is one of those things that’s just challenging in general. Any project involves tackling complex problems with clients. There are always interesting and different project scenarios. In public work, you’re in a situation where you’re trying to appease clients that are trying to appease the public. With these projects, there are city council meetings and different elections– that is something I didn’t think I’d be involved in as an architect when I was in architecture school.
Lists. I am a firm believer in to-do lists. I keep one religiously. I have my to-do list on my phone so it’s always with me. I think that’s a simple management strategy that’s very helpful.
One project I’ve worked on that I’m really proud of is the Ogden Second-District Juvenile Courthouse. And of course, another project I’m very proud of is the Salt Lake City Main Public Library.
My entire career has been at VCBO. I’ve been here for 19 years. I started when the firm was still small, there were only about 25 people. I believe the firm has a very supportive environment. I’ve had so much opportunity here and I have learned a lot.