Where did you go to college?
I studied mathematics and fine arts at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. For my graduate work, I studied architecture at the University of Virginia.

Would you recommend studying architecture to a young person?
Absolutely! We have been fortunate to have a number of exceptional high school and college students for both externships and internships, and it is fulfilling to share with them about the profession I love.

What does it take to be an architect?
I think there is a broad range of talents and skills that are used in architecture, depending on what you choose to focus on. That is one of the things that I enjoy about architecture—it takes design, collaboration, management, and technical expertise. Find your strengths and passion and focus on that component of architecture.

Was there an architect that particularly inspired you?
It would be really difficult to point to just one. I remember being especially taken with the work of Luis Barragan early in my career. I loved the use of color, form, light and shadow in design which was perceptibly contextual.

What are you currently reading? What do you like to do in your spare time? My husband and I both love to travel, and I have been known to be fairly passionate about college basketball games that feature orange and blue.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
One of the things I enjoy about traveling is experiencing other cultures, which I think is always enhanced by engaging all five senses. I don’t have a specific favorite, but off the cuff what comes to mind is a meal in Costa Rica that was prepared over a fire, and eaten on a table right on the sand by the water.

Why do you volunteer with the AIA?
I love meeting new people and believe in the importance of camaraderie in what we do.