Talk About It

About 3 years ago: Bob Borson

I didn't think you could still get woolly mammoth steaks ...

I love the fact that you chose Thorncrown Chapel as your building. One of the things I like most about that building is the story behind how Fay Jones designed it using pieces of material that could be carried to the site by two people. I've tried on several occasions (and failed) to think of another building and space that elicits such admiration for the magnitude it conveys using such modest materials and construction techniques.

and kudos for pushing licensure - glad to know that I'm not the only one who thinks it's important.

About 3 years ago: Robert

I believe his advice to get licensed early is very valid. In fact I would offer to focus on this first and foremost. Due your time and gain project experience and focus on finishing your ARE in the first five years. Everything else, LEED, portfolio, everything else comes last.

Right now I see firms telling young professionals to do it all. This is just wrong and not addressing the HUGE GAP the design field is experiencing. Too many people are running around like chickens with their heads cut off.

FOCUS, if you are not licensed, you cannot be marketed to get work and you have no possible future becoming important to a firm. Everything else is secondary! With time you can get extra accreditation, you can beef up your portfolio, you can move up within a firm. BUT YOU HAVE TO FINISH THE ARE FIRST.