My interest in architecture began in sixth grade. I was watching an episode of Spanish-language soap opera that involved an architect designing a school for the children of field workers. For whatever reason, the story stuck with me, and I began noticing the impact purposeful architecture can have on people.
Later, I attended a job talk with an architect. He said architects needed to be good at four subjects: math, science, social studies, and history. Then he said, “I’m not good at any of those, yet here I am.”
His story resonated with me. Even though I felt like I struggled with school, my parents taught me to dream big and follow my passions. Anything is possible if you work for it.
What excites you the most about NM?
We truly want to make a difference in our communities, and I find that exciting. There are also some amazing people here who love their job, and when you love your job, you get the best results.
What designer do you admire and why?
Alicia Ponce. She’s a Chicago-based architect who founded Arquitina, a leadership and licensure initiative for Latinas in the field. I love how she remembers the difficult journey to becoming an architect and creates opportunities to help younger generations pursue the profession.
What makes Iowa unique?
Our weather. You get to experience the four seasons—sometimes all in one day.
Iowa State University (BArch)