As a part of an ongoing series, the following is an interview to dig a little bit deeper and learn what makes our team tick, what fascinates us about the design industry, and what is most important to us right now.

Jessica is a Senior Associate on the Arrowstreet schools team. She plays a significant role in the office’s staffing planning committee, career development initiatives, and participates in all stages of the hiring and the orientation process.

K: How long have you been at AST?

J: I’ve been here 8.5 years.

K: What projects are you currently working on?

J: Right now, I’m working to wrap up construction at the Fenway High School Addition and Renovation project.  I’m excited for opening day when we get to see the building being used and loved. It’s always very satisfying to see a project completed.

K: Where do you like to find your inspiration?

J: I get most inspired by the energy and excitement other people bring to a project: a vision, an idea, or even a problem.  I feed off of this enthusiasm and combine it with my own creative thoughts, designs, and solutions.

K: Who are your mentors, and how have they affected your career?

J: I have several mentors, but Larry Spang has been one of the best. As a Principal and project leader here in the office, he has guided me through this industry for years. Larry has supported my development as an Architect and challenging me to expand my depth as a manager and as a leader.

K: What is the best advice you can give for furthering your career?

J: Balance and passion. For me, it’s important to take time to evaluate and understand what in my life I’m passionate about, both professionally and personally, and then balance all of these items so I can continually develop myself and inspire the people around me. My passions change and develop over time as I go through different stages of my profession, my company, and my family, but understanding where my values and passions are is a great way for me to understand the path that will lead to a happy and inspiring career.

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