Every summer, while attending the undergraduate program at The University of Houston College of Architecture I worked in various firms in the Houston area as an intern architect, as draftsman or sometimes as in-house model builder. I learned about how an architectural office is managed, how the office’s environment should be, and how I would like my future office to be like.
During those summers, I worked for variety of firms with principals who were empathetic to young struggling intern architects and those who were not. I was encouraged by those who remembered they were once intern architects as they were great mentors.
I enjoyed working for those firms with studio – like environment, where paper studies, model renditions of same or various ideas were displayed to energize those who worked there. They energized me.
After graduation from graduate school at Rice University School of Architecture, for eight years, I worked for reputable firms in the Houston area finally became a registered architect in 1991.
When time was right, I moved to become independent and open my own firm with many real trepidations and fears!
I have been in practice now for over 26 years continuously; it has not been easy but has not been difficult either. I treasure every day and will do it again for another 26 years; if possible.
Now, if you walk into my office, the very first thing you will see is a wall covered with sketches and drawings next to many models depicting a history of active practice.