As a kid, I started into architecture thinking how exciting it would be to sit behind my desk and draw all day long. Upon graduation and entering into the work force, I soon came to realize it was much more than that. I found what I truly enjoy; relationships. As architects, we are the glue that holds a project together. We get to interact with multi-millionaires in addition to the guys hanging sheet rock. To be successful, a great architect needs to be able to connect and interact with many types of personalities. We need to be able to pull the best out of each person and lead the project to the ideal solution. An architect must be a leader AND a team player.
On that note, a project is only as successful as its team. Inspiring a team and understanding its abilities then pushing them—sometimes past their perceived capabilities—brings about a great project. I would never ask of someone something that I personally would not do myself. If you are unable to play in a team atmosphere and you think your agenda is more important than anyone else, I would prefer working with someone else. Building a team, working toward a common goal, discovering each team members strengths and accomplishing something great brings joy to my work.
It is not my nature to ponder what is, but to dream about what could be. My vision for the future is always bright. I know change is possible and I will be a piece of that change. Never settle for what you have—always reach for what is next.