Laura Eder, AIA is the vice-chair for AIA Dallas COTE and an architect at Good Fulton & Farrell in Dallas. She is very organized, and you’ll find her at her office with a very clean desk.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Ferguson, Missouri. It's a suburb north of St. Louis. It’s a diverse area just outside of the city that has a great downtown with a thriving local farmers' market, live music events in the summertime, and the great community pool, where I was a lifeguard for many years. One of the best things about where I grew up is that many of my family members still live there or closeby.
If you were not an architect, what other profession would you have pursued?
I would have been a wedding planner. I got married about a year and a half ago and loved every minute of planning and organizing it! I am currently helping a friend by being her wedding coordinator in my spare time. I’m in three weddings this year. I love watching and helping people commit themselves to a lifetime of love and happiness!
Pen, pencil, or computer?
Computer. I hate it to admit it, but my freehand sketches sometimes seem shakier than an earthquake. Here’s one below, you can be the judge….
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in traveling and exploring — whether it's a big city or out in the country. I love exploring new cities and different cultures. Whether I am in South America or in Spain, there is always something new to visit and learn. Traveling is a passion that gives my mind the opportunity to expand and grow.
What is the one building that you just had to see for yourself?
Obviously, there are some of the world's greatest buildings in Europe that top the list, but a building I could sit in all day is the Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, by Fay Jones. The craftsmanship and the way it is integrated into nature is fantastic. It’s simple yet beautiful!
What is your favorite time of year?
Truthfully, I love all four seasons. I enjoy the way the environment changes around you over such a short time. However, if I had to pick, then I’d say summer. Fourth of July is my favorite holiday, and I love a good evening outdoors with friends and a grill!
Beer, wine or cocktail – what is your drink of choice?
Wine! I love wine! And I love all kinds — from the sweet dessert wines to the dry reds. If you serve me cheese with wine, then we will be best friends!
What type of advice would you offer to young professionals?
Believe in yourself so confidently that the world can't help but believe in you too!