Q: Describe the moment you decided to become an architect.
A: I have always been intrigued by design. Even as a child I found myself sketching spatial plans, and in high school I excelled at both math and art. Somehow, in college I realized I could put the two interests together into a degree in architecture.
Q: Aside from your natural interests, are there aspects of your childhood that influenced this choice?
A: Definitely! I’ll never forget “the great remodel” we lived through as my parents did an addition onto our 1920’s English Tudor home. We stayed in the house during the remodel and I was greatly impacted as I witnessed the construction and design process. It intrigued me and I think it influenced my decision to go into architecture.
Q: Describe the day you first opened the doors to your company, Rowland & Broughton Architecture.
A: It was after 9/11 and John and I were working at different firms. The profession was looking very grim during this time, so we both decided it was a perfect time to follow our dream and venture out on our own. What did we have to lose? We literally started with one client and worked out of our condo in Aspen for the first three years. We then bought the live/work loft in Denver where we began to hire employees. We slept very little during those years. You would often find us up at 2 am working.
Q: What skills do you need to not only work in your field, but to be a female in your field?
A: This is a funny question because I have never looked at myself as a woman (at least when it comes to work.) Essentially, it boils down to being studious, hardworking and patient. You need to trust that it will come with time and lots of work. And of course you need to be good at what you do, allowing the rest to naturally fall into place.
Q: With that being said, is there one piece of advice you would give to women who are just getting started in this field?
A: You have to take and create every opportunity possible. Be the one to volunteer, look for opportunities to take on important roles, be a sponge. For example, when I started in New York, I was only 23 years old and I volunteered to take on a large project. During that time, I was always listening. I listened to my colleagues talk on the phone in order to glean everything and anything I could about the way this business worked. To this day, I am still studying, learning and bettering myself. Blur your life and your profession and you will find success and fulfillment.