Why did you join AIA Seattle?

To connect with colleagues and contribute to my profession and community.

What is the value of AIA to you?

AIA has been a key forum for meeting other colleagues and learning from my peers, as well as connecting with other architects nationally.

What relationships have you created?

I have been very fortunate to have met and become active with many other members from across the country, especially in my work with the Women’s Leadership Summit series.

How do you want AIA Seattle to impact our city?

I want AIA Seattle to continue to raise the profile of architects and design in the greater community, as well as promoting sustainable building practices.

What interested you about being on the AIA Seattle Board of Directors?

Through my work with Women in Design I have met many of the current and past board members and I have been inspired by their drive to serve their profession and community. I hope to follow in their footsteps, learn more about my community, and to serve the AIA Seattle membership.

What project are you working on now?

I am currently the project manager for the Sound Transit Roosevelt Rail Station. I am also serving as the Co-Chair for the upcoming National AIA Women’s Leadership Summit happening in Seattle this September.

How do you explain what you do for a living?

I explain what I do by talking about the clients I work for and the projects I am involved with building.

What inspired you today?

Today I was inspired by participating on a national phone call discussing Equity by Design, a national campaign geared towards supporting architects at all points in their career in order to retain talent in our profession.

Has your career taken you anywhere you didn’t expect?

I never expected I would start my own business and be an entrepreneur!

Where is the field of architecture, engineering or construction headed?

I want to be optimistic and say that we are headed into a future where our skills and expertise are key (and valued) in helping our communities deal with the challenges of global warming, social equity, and a fast growing and evolving urban environment.

Can design save the world?

I believe that people working together with a common purpose can save the world, and that design is a key aspect of that work.

What do you hope to contribute from your work?

I hope to be part of the solution moving forward; my passion for working in transit stems from the concrete benefits we see when we increase the ease of mobility for our citizens.

What is your favorite Seattle-area structure?

I am a very big fan of the Space Needle.

If you could sum up your outlook on life in a bumper sticker, what would it say?

Life is short, pay attention to every moment (and laugh along the way)!