What inspired you to become an architect?
I had a really great high school drafting teacher who first got me interested in architecture and then I attended a summer university camp where I had another really interesting woman leading the architecture unit. Those two experiences really inspired me to consider it as a career path, and in my last summer before graduating high school I worked as the summer receptionist at Number Ten Architectural Group in Winnipeg, and from then on I knew it was what I wanted to do for a living.
What is your favorite aspect of working as an architect?
I love the early planning phases of a project, where we are getting to know the client and working to define their needs. Then translating that programming work into a design where we start to shape all of the information into something tangible is a really exciting phase for me, and the perfect blend of the art and problem-solving nature of architecture.
What is something people might not know about you?
Growing up in Canada, I took most of my schooling from kindergarten through high school in French, and became fluent in French as my second language. This came in very handy when I lived in Montreal and worked at a French-speaking architectural firm!
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