Jenny Roets is one of my oldest Twitter Architecture friends – She is extremely passionate about Architecture. She recently passed the ARE’s and is helping others get motivated to pass. We were delighted she agreed to answer a few questions:
When and why did you decide to become an Architect?
I was going through a list of majors my junior year in high school. I stopped at Architecture because it just made sense: I really enjoyed my Geometry & Art classes.
What were some of the challenges of achieving your dream?
I have had a lot of challenges. Life got in the way for me while I was in college and again in graduate school. Finding the right fit in employment has also been a challenge, as was the recession where I had to find unrelated employment to survive.
How do you balance design with your family life?
Simple, I don’t have a family yet.
How does your family support what you do?
My parents and brother have been very encouraging throughout the entire process of school, finding work, taking exams. They are happy to be celebrating this accomplishment with me.
What matters most to you in design?
Sustainability. The building should reflect it’s climate, orientation, location, and purpose. When materials fail, design shouldn’t.
Where do you see the profession going over the next few decades?
I think the profession will connect more with engineers / other consultants and contractors to provide a more comprehensive approach. I also feel there will be a shift back towards design with the environment in mind as sustainable design practice becomes more valued by the public.
How do you hope to inspire / mentor the next generation of Architects?
I’m already trying to do this! I encourage Architectural Interns that I know in the real world and in social media as much as I can (especially women).
What does Architecture mean to you?
Architecture both responds to and creates environment.
If you could not be an Architect, what would you be?
I have given this a lot of thought, especially since I chose Architecture after the age when everyone asks “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I never came up with anything I felt I would be happy doing, but it would likely be related to math, something like Accounting.
What is your dream project?
I would like to create a building to benefit my hometown of Merrill, WI. I don’t have a type in mind, but I have always wanted to design something great there.
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