Women in Architecture

This past month, female architects rallied together and attended the Women’s March in NYC, “in an effort to raise awareness on the various roles women lead in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries” (Archpaper). There are global subjects (such as equal pay, sexual harrassment, and work/life balance) that many women must address throughout their entire professional life on top of family, work, and daily living.  Dattner Architects was a leader in the movement to bring together these ladies and create the #WomenBUILD2019 campaign. These women are working to show the world that women are more than capable and to show that somethings need to start changing and fast.

It is so empowering to read and learn about women in this field who are thriving and paving the way for the next generations.

I’ve always felt that there is an under representation of women in architecture and while looking into this movement I stumbled across Madame Architect which has now instantly become my favorite thing. Julia Gamolina, the founder and editor of the site decided to be the change in her own way by creating a platform in which she could share the stories of women who are challenging preconceptions and flourishing in a career that has by and large been dominated by men.

What an inspiration it is to read about real women who have had to struggle against all odds in order to make their way into the positions they hold. I’m still making my way through the site and reading the interviews she has written up and I can’t stop.

I hope that I can be a part of events like the Women’s March in the near future. Less than 14 months until I’m done with my Masters and I’m ready to go!




2019: New Goals

2019 is here and this is going to be a big year!

It’s been such a long, winding road to get here I almost can’t believe that at 29 I am finally getting my Bachelors Degree in Architecture! I took so many detours outside of my career path that for the longest time I had given up on my dream to become an architect, but here I am. Let me be the first to say, it’s never too late to drop everything and chase your calling. Looking back to my first year it seems like time flew by, even though it didn’t seem so in the moment. Even though my way wasn’t the conventional college experience, I have had the chance to learn, travel and grow so much that I would not change this opportunity for anything.

SO it’s my senior year and I spent the winter break taking advantage of the vacation by doing absolutely nothing productive but focusing on rest and regrouping for this final stretch. After my graduation in May it’s going to be time to face new challenges and finally test the real architecture world.

One of my new goals for this semester is to become a LEED Green Associate. As I learn more and more about becoming accredited I plan to break down my study plans in case any other future architects are interested or need the help.

Studying for LEED GA


I have many dreams for this year and I want to work hard for every single one of them. I can’t wait for what is in store and I am anxious but ready for every bit of it.


Final Presentation: Concept Design

I’ve spoken before about my current semester struggles. As a quick recap, I am currently working on my senior project:  A mixed use development of a 130,000 (ish) SF site located in South Bend, Indiana. We are expected to have … Continue reading

Finals Week!


My final project is due exactly one week from today, and I’m going crazy! Send help, coffee and prayers my way.

More updates (and probably my whole project) coming soon. 🙂



Rewind: Year 2 – Intro to Design

Second year of architecture school had me feeling like the real deal. We were introduced to site analysis, construction types, and we were finally putting our designs out there. I’ve said before that looking back at my old projects, all … Continue reading

At Home in the Studio

Yesterday I arrived at the architecture studio a little after 5 a.m. I spent the entire day working on my project submission for that afternoon and attending my regular classes. Fast-forward to 7 p.m. and I hadn’t left the building once.

This is a recurring thing with most architecture students (as I’ve heard). There are crazy folk stories of past students who tried to sleep in the studio or hide and escape campus safety officers to stay in and work through the night (which isn’t allowed at our school for some reason).

We Make it Home

Since many of us spend so much of our time in studio, we slowly begin to make it our home. With Christmas lights, plants, toys, extra furniture, food, and many other random knick-knacks,  we turn our spaces into representations of ourselves (and our struggle).

It’s interesting to see the way our personalities shine through our spaces.

I love my studio space, even with all my layers of trace paper, pens everywhere, books, and even my studio slippers on the floor. I thrive in my messy environment. I know where everything is even though it may look chaotic.

Others, like my friend Christy, cannot work until their space is organized and cleaned (and I mean completely disinfected).

Some build furniture in the wood shop (like coat hangers and shelves), many have a coffee station by their desk (a must!), and others have a blank space with no personal items.

No matter what our desks look like it’s fun to appreciate our differences and learn from each other and the things that inspire us.


Music, eBooks, Podcasts, or Silence?

Some people are comfortable listening to music while they work, do homework or study. I have never been that person. I can’t even listen to classical music while my brain is trying to get into gear.

Sometime during my college life, I discovered the use of white noise combined with noise cancelling headphones for blocking out all distractions. I have to admit it is mind numbing in some way to be listening to thunderstorms for hours on end while you try to work, but it was the only way I could ever write a paper that I was actually proud of. After some hours with my headphones on, it was always sweet relief to take them off and enjoy the sound of silence.

In studio, while I glued models together, sketched, or drafted, I found that I could listen to eBooks and the time would pass more enjoyably.  I’m guessing it’s because my brain doesn’t need to be engaged as much to do things with my hands, or maybe it’s the artsy side of my brain taking over (feel free to correct my poor knowledge of neuroscience). Anyway, my preference has always been the Harry Potter books (I’ve seriously lost count of the times I’ve read/listened to them). I created a playlist that runs the whole series of 7 books back to back continually, and I love it.

However, it has got to the point where I pretty much know it word for word and I find myself wanting a change. For a time I have been considering Podcasts but I haven’t really gotten down to actually downloading any. I read an Architectural Digest that suggested their take on “Best Architecture and Design Podcasts”. After browsing around I downloaded two:

Browsing around the Apple Store I found two more that seem interesting:

I just downloaded them so at this point I have no feedback to share, but I’m hoping that I will learn a lot from them and educate myself as I am doing other tasks!

If you’re reading this, let me know if you have any podcast suggestions, or if you have listened to any of the ones I have listed, I would love to know your thoughts about them!