Finding joy in your daily work is a huge gift, giving joy to others is even better.
I figured out that I wanted to be an architect in seventh grade, Mr. Price’s class at Northside Junior High School. From there I took every design class I could through high school and community college. When I arrived at The University of Virginia, William McDonough had just arrived as the new dean of the architectural school.
I truly had no idea what design was at that point, but was eager to learn. Taking studios under architectural heavy weights like Ed Ford, Bill Sherman, and Craig Barton gave me insights into my future. Learning the way designers can problem solve to give a balanced, beautiful, and effective solution was a huge step in me finding my true passion. I also took a course taught by William McDonough on the impacts design can have for social change where he brought leaders from around the world to tell their stories.