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I have continued to volunteer throughout my adult life; focusing on giving back to my city, my neighborhood and the communities around me.
The ACLA, with its outward focus on inspiring students and empowering neighborhoods, is a perfect fit, and I am proud to volunteer with this worthy organization."
Their selflessness and passion for the profession helped shape me into the person I am, and at the same time their influence ignited a special flame in my heart.
That flame burns bright. It is what gets me up in the mornings and soothes me during those days that my mind can runs wild. That same flame burns with a desire to pay it forward….to have a similar positive impact in someone’s life and career………it burns with a desire to positively shape our built environment for the many to come….and most importantly it burns with a desire to help bridge the gap between communities and the profession.
I volunteer to honor those who volunteered before me.
Thoughtful design has the power of profound stimulation.
Architecture is not just brick and mortar and wood and drywall- it is a reflection of human culture and if designed thoughtfully, it has the opportunity on common ground to bring joy, hope and the community together. Spaces that we design between buildings and within buildings have a profound effect on how we organize ourselves and everything we collect and need.
Even the location of the bus stop on the street and the way a street is designed can have an impact on the journey we might take as a pedestrian or metro commuter. The experience of walking through a street under a row of shaded trees with benches, street art or a communal library will enhance your mood when you enter another well-designed space for whatever you want to accomplish.
For me, ACLA is an opportunity to come together with the wider community and share the value of what we architects do and can do.
Please join us in making ACLA stronger and sharing the value and joy of good design."
When the ACLA was formed, I became one of its first Board Members as Director of Higher Education, with an objective to outreach more to the Community and Local Schools to enlighten and promote our profession. To inform the qualities of an architectural education and the career options students will develop.
My “ripple effect” is underrepresented former students, now young practicing architects, as well as instructors and mentors, leading the way for the future generation of architects. The more engaged we become, the more examples, such as mine, we can engender."