Current occupation and title:
Runyan & Associates - Architects
Architect Intern - in the process of registration.
How long have you been working there?
6 years, since beginning of my architecture studies.
What are some of the most exciting aspects of your occupation and career?
I think that the field of architecture is so broad, that there is not one career path to follow. This kind of freedom may be paralyzing, but finding your strengths and interests is the most important and the most exciting. It was an instinctive and impulsive decision. I needed a challenge, and I found one.
What made you choose Westphal over similar programs?
I thought it was a great idea to be able to work while going to school, especially because apprenticeship is such an integral part of this profession. No other program in the area can offer what Westphal offers to architecture students.
Was our faculty helpful to you in making the transition from college to the professional world? And, are you still in contact with them today?
Most of the faculty (if not all) are "real-life" architects / engineers, who have worked in the field for many years, and bring a great amount of professional knowledge and experience into an academic world. Having been able to learn from them was a great opportunity. I'm in touch with a few of my teachers, and I know I could reach out to many more for guidance and professional advice.
What advice would you give to young people in your field who are just starting their education?
Architecture is complex. Don't get overwhelmed or discouraged. Work on your design skills without relying on the computer all the time. Learn to manage your time, so that after you graduate your friends and family still remember what you look like! Don't be too serious.