Why did you decide to work in the AEC industry?
My love for Lego’s and Tinker Toys was an early indicator but ultimately the PC game “The Sims” was when I really realized how much I enjoyed creating spaces for others to enjoy. I noticed that I was spending all my time creating new houses and community spaces instead of playing with the Sims characters themselves.
What do you like most about working at ACI Boland?
The office culture was an instant match. I could tell ACI Boland would be a fun collaborative and family-oriented environment. I appreciate that they are supportive of our own families, view the office itself as a family, and track the number of families impacted each year by our projects.
What is your favorite thing about working on projects?
I enjoy working directly with clients to not only capture their vision but also to enhance the user’s experience of the space. I also like seeing projects all the way through the design process. I get most excited during the early stages of design, but I also really enjoy making sure the project is detailed in a way that captures the design intent fully.
How would you describe your approach to projects?
I try to incorporate my unique experience of being visually impaired into projects by focusing on the experience of the space and by using color, contrast, and texture to enhance the design. Integrating wayfinding into the design early on can also make a big impact for those with low vision.
What is your dream vacation?
A tour of the national parks and staying in cabins along the way.
- Education: Kansas State University, Master of Architecture