Why did you decide to work in the AEC industry??
I was working for the government and was not flourishing in my job like I wanted to. I took a career assessment and Interior Design was one of the jobs that was recommended, so I took a leap of faith and went for it. I love this career because it allows me to utilize both my technical and my artistic skill sets. And I still get to help people which is very rewarding!
What do you like most about working at ACI Boland?
I like working at ACI Boland because of the work environment. There is a very diverse and knowledgeable group of individuals that work here and I look forward to working with them every day. ACI Boland is also good at providing a framework for me to follow when I go through a project with a client. It makes the process much easier for both sides and we end up with a better product on the end.
What is your favorite thing about working on projects?
My favorite thing about projects is working to find a design solution to make a client’s space more functional and user friendly. I was always advised in school that the things the clients notice most are the ones that don’t work. I want to create a space that is user friendly and works flawlessly for the occupants.
What is something about you that would surprise people?
I was a Peace Corps volunteer for three years in Niger, West Africa and lived without running water or electricity. I even lived in a mud hut! I loved working on projects with my village and formed long lasting friendships that endure even today.
How do you spend your time outside of work? Hobbies?
I enjoy volunteering with my church, teaching self-defense skills to women, reading, metal fabrication, vehicle modifications, jewelry making, and home improvements.
What is your dream vacation?
Going to the Southwest – around Sedona, Arizona. I love hiking in the national parks in this area. It reminds me of my time in West Africa. Love the desert.
What advice would you provide someone interested in architecture?
Don’t watch HGTV. Architecture and Interior Design is so much more than what is filmed in these shows. There are so many different types of jobs that you can do within these fields, so explore all your options.
- Education: University of Kansas – Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Languages and Cultures, Johnson County Community College – Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design, Associate of Applied Science in Kitchen and Bath Design, Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design Marketing and Management
- NCIDQ Certified, NKBA CKBD (Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer) Certified