The key to a great architect career is being passionate about what you do. What you are specializing in – your niche. You need to identify that early on.
Finding My Architect Career Passion
I began my career at the University of Washington. There were a tremendous amount of opportunities. My Master’s thesis was the design of an airport terminal. Little did I know it was going to set the tone for the rest of my architect career.
Networking to Success
I got involved with The American Institute of Architects at a very young age in school. That opened up a wealth of connections and knowledge. I met people that were already doing what I wanted to do in my architect career.
The future of architecture is fantastic. We’re going to have to translate what we do on Earth into designing facilities on other planets. I know that that sounds somewhat out-of-the-box… well, it is! We are living a life of being out-of-the-box. I see our future in the design of creative, innovative facilities, in areas other than here on Earth.
The keystone for every architect career is being passionate about the work. When I started, my passion was mission-critical facilities. That’s what I am still passionate about. More so today than when I started. That is what makes being an architect special for me.