WHAT IS THE VALUE OF AIA TO YOU?
Relationships. Through AIA Seattle, I have made professional connections and found mentors whose insights I truly value. I have also strengthened existing relationships, made new friends, and both broadened and strengthened my professional network and community.
WHY DID YOU JOIN AIA SEATTLE?
As an Allied Member, my initial contact with AIA Seattle came in 2016 when I was asked to join the team that developed the Materials Matter series. I really enjoyed working with this group of diverse professionals and AIA staff. I was impressed with the thoughtful approach the multi-disciplinary team took to developing this educational program, and the incredible support provided by staff. This experience made me want to be a part of the organization, and given my background in education, I was ultimately asked to be a part of the Professional Practice Steering Committee.
HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN WHAT YOU DO FOR A LIVING?
I try to drive sustainable innovation through education, empowerment, collaboration, and advocacy.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TODAY?
I am continuously in awe of our natural world. My close friends know that I take every opportunity to get out in the beautiful Pacific Northwest – biking, hiking, running and swimming. I am constantly reminded of how beautiful, intricate and fragile our world is.
HAS YOUR CAREER TAKEN YOU ANYWHERE YOU DIDN’T EXPECT?
Everywhere. I am very much an “accidental lawyer,” in that I never thought I would end up practicing law. But I found my way to construction law, where I quickly fell in love with buildings. A former paralegal once said that I was an architect trapped in a lawyer’s body. That comment always stuck with me, and I think it ultimately led me to see the value of becoming a new type of multi-disciplinary practitioner. I am grateful and privileged to have had so many opportunities to explore new ideas, relationships, and partnerships, as my career continues to stretch and evolve.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO CONTRIBUTE FROM YOUR WORK?
I hope to change the way we look at our educational and professional institutions. We need more collaboration, across industries, and a much broader spectrum of experiences and perspectives in all roles. I hope that my work inspires others to try new things, to innovate, and to challenge the way things “have always been done.” If I inspire one person to step out of their comfort zone and say, “I can do that,” I’ll consider my work a success.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SEATTLE-AREA STRUCTURE?
Apologies to the designers, but it’s trees. All the trees.
IF YOU COULD SUM UP YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE IN A BUMPER STICKER, WHAT WOULD IT SAY?
One of the best life lessons I ever received was from my dog: “Never turn down an adventure or a snack.”