MY PATH IS MY OWN.
My father was a superintendent, and once in a while, on weekends, my sister and I would go to jobsites with him (non-union, mid 80’s). I remember watching all the trades work together, and how each week you could see the progress of the space. As an added bonus, we got to eat doughnuts all day.
Somehow, I started off in college with the idea that I was going to be a gallery curator. After one semester, I realized that was probably not fast paced enough for me, but I was not sure what exactly I could do that would be artistic and fast paced. A friend actually suggested Interior Design, and after looking into it, I thought it was something that checked off both requirements. After starting the classes, I knew I made a good decision.
Once I completed college, I started off as a designer, sitting behind a computer, working on floor plans and test fits. I enjoyed working with clients, and cranking out space plans, but in the back of my mind I knew I needed more diversity in my day. Eventually, I was fortunate enough to start working for a smaller manufacturer, whose sales people needed someone out in the field, to help with installation and client questions, and my job slowly shifted in to Project Management.
To me, being a part of the design, the logistics, and being on site with the installers and client and seeing it all come to fruition is amazing. It’s a great sense of accomplishment, when you can take a client or architect’s idea, and create a space that meets their needs, budget and schedule. For me, Project Management is just the right amount of artsy and fast pace. I love that every project is different, and I am always excited to learn about new clients, their needs, and watching it all come together.