Angelle Lavergne Terry earned her Bachelor of Architecure from Louisiana State University in 2009. She was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, but moved to Baton Rouge in elementary school and proudly considers it home. Angelle is a Project Architect at WHLC Architecture, and enjoys any opportunity to be involved in the Baton Rouge community to make it a better place.
Why did you choose architecture as a profession?
I chose Architecture as a profession because I saw it as a unique opportunity to combine problem solving and creativity to create solutions that have the potential to improve people’s everyday life.
Do you have a special routine/habit you may do to get creative juices flowing?
Grabbing a cup of coffee and listening to music is always my first step. I also find dedicating time to precedent, best practice, and material research to be instrumental to getting my creative juices flowing.
What type of projects do you like to take on?
I enjoy taking on projects where I have the opportunity to develop a relationship with the client and work with them to create the best solution possible.
Throughout my professional career, I have had the pleasure of working on many large-scale Healthcare projects. I find these projects to be creatively challenging and extremely rewarding. Additionally, small commercial projects with an emphasis on utilizing different materials and incorporating company branding are really enjoyable.
What is your most satisfying professional accomplishment?
Becoming a licensed Architect within 5 years of graduating from college takes the prize for my most satisfying professional accomplishment.
What do you do after a hard day at work to unwind?
After a hard day at work you’ll either find me going to a Barre3 class, cooking a new recipe for dinner, or catching a good show on TV with a glass of wine.
What is a great piece of advice you have personally received? Did you have occasion to put it to use?
Cliché as it might sound, ‘treat others as you want to be treated’ and ‘never give up’ are two pieces of advice I learned at a very young age and use every single day. I’ve found you can go miles further by treating others fairly. Hard work, persistence, and determination always win the race.
What other leadership roles do you hold in the community and/or what volunteer efforts do you support?
I am a founding member and Past President of the Rotaract Professionals of Baton Rouge, which is young professionals’ organization affiliated with the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge. Our motto is ‘Learn. Engage. Serve’, and all of our events revolve around this motto. We feature unique speakers to learn about our community, host social events to engage with other professionals, and participate in regular service projects to serve the community. Since the club’s formation in 2012, I have had the opportunity to continually serve on the board.
In May 2017, I completed the Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program. The program is sponsored by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and strives to create leaders who will make Baton Rouge a better place to live, work, and play. Upon completing the program, I was voted to serve as a class representative on the Baton Rouge Leadership Alumni Board.
Previously I have served on the local AIA Baton Rouge board as the Associate Liaison and was AIA Baton Rouge Rose Award committee member for multiple years.
What is your favorite way to spend your time?
My favorite way to spend time is relaxing with family and friends. Beyond that, traveling and experiencing new places is always exciting. Exploring the Internet for inspiring design ideas, custom calligraphy, photography techniques, and new macaron recipes are other ways I love to fill my time.