As a young pre-teen and young adult, I looked at buildings as puzzles and I always wanted to learn how the pieces came together. In school, my favorite projects were anything that had to do with designing or building models. A career in architecture became my reality after taking a drafting course my second year in college. I was set!
Throughout my career, I have developed a study of design that involves seeing through perspectives. My designs embody simplicity and functionality. It is vital for me to understand and respect others’ ideas and creative decisions. Seeing through another lens can create a more attractive design than envisioned alone.
Venturing the outdoors and staying active keeps me grounded! I enjoy hiking up Colorado’s beautiful mountains in the summer with my dog or on my own on many of our amazing trails. Snowboarding down them during our cold winters helps offset those winter months. Nature at higher elevations, such a great work out. The best of both worlds!
I was raised by an amazing single mother. I’ve had kidney failure since I was 12 years old. I received a kidney transplant when I was 24, just one month before college graduation. I was told not to work or go to school or at least choose one… I chose to do both, full time. Architecture helped me escape the pain I was feeling. Physically and emotionally. It would take my mind off my problems. I hated life. I thought I was going to die, soon. SO, my only goal was to receive a degree. I didn’t want to leave this world without making my mom proud.
My kidney donor was my co-worker and now she’s basically my sister!
After the transplant, my life completely changed! I was able to finally taste foods the way they should be tasting. I stopped throwing up every morning, I finally felt awake, pre- transplant, it didn’t matter if I got one hour of sleep or 8. I felt the same, BUT my love for architecture, remained. I was able to dive into it with my full potential. My future started to matter. The kidney failure shaped me to who I am. I am grateful for that sickness. It’s taught me to work hard. Not to judge anyone. Help as much as you can and appreciate life and value others. It’s taught me to be empathetic towards others and to forgive. Stay positive.