What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
A time to celebrate women’s achievements today. But also a time to reflect on the historical fight for women’s rights and representation. We remember the brave women who led those efforts and think about how we can continue their work.
What woman inspires you and why?
Elizabeth II Queen of the UK. She’s a well-documented badass and she’s still representing on the world stage.
What highlights and challenges have you faced in your career?
Every time my efforts are recognized it’s a highlight. Immigrating to America was challenging for my career because I had to start again building a network of connections and colleagues.
What’s something interesting you’re currently working on? Personal or professional.
Currently co-authoring a research article on how librarians and architecture faculty utilize periodical core lists. OK well, I think it’s interesting 🙂
What do you believe will be the biggest challenge for the next generation of female architects, designers, and construction managers?
Equal representation. We are still a few generations away.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career to date?
Always acknowledge others for their work. Lifting up is way more rewarding – especially other women.
Why should women and girls pursue a career in the architecture, design, or construction management industry? Why is it important to encourage women and girls?
Because half of all humans are female! Crazy, but our built/ designed environment doesn’t always reflect that.
What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
Say yes to things even if they seem hard. You never know what opportunities will arise. Also, learn to say no 🙂
What has you most excited about the future?
I had a baby girl last year so I’m excited to raise her to be a badass.
On International Women’s Day, what is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about their careers?
You got it. Go for it!