As 2015 President of AIA Louisiana, my goal is to contribute and give back to the profession that has given so much to me. We are all busy with work and family, but we need to make a little time to help our organization be more vibrant, responsive and relevant. At the root of my drive and passion is the desire to create positive change. AIA Louisiana serves a critical role and gives architects a collective voice. Good design benefits the public’s everyday lives. The AIA needs to speak out in a way that is accessible, inclusive and compelling, so that members and the public truly understand the relevance and value of architecture. I challenge each and every one of you to make time to get involved and make AIA part of your plan.
Enough of that, I guess I can blabber on a little bit about me. I think I was always meant to be an architect or planner. As a kid, I was always building and drawing stuff from Legos to tree forts like a lot of kids, but my memories seem to be tied to the floor plans of the places I’ve lived and used in my life. (Maybe I’ll write a book about it one day!) I have been practicing architecture for twenty-two plus years, most of those with Post Architects. Following graduation from LSU in 1992 with a Bachelor of Architecture, I did work with Thaddeus A. Broussard until 1996, when I joined Post. I became a partner in 2008. I have led project teams of all types and sizes, including AIA award winning projects like the Affordable Housing and Community Center Development – Mid City Gardens, the River Center Convention Center Expansion in downtown Baton Rouge and Christ the King Catholic Church and Student Center on the LSU campus. The challenge and the variation in projects are what make my work my passion.
As the fancy extra letters after my name imply, I am a LEED Accredited Professional and have actually completed a LEED-NC Gold project. I have had the honor to serve on the AIA Baton Rouge Board for five years as Director, President-Elect, President and Past-President and continue to serve locally on the Public Awareness and Rose Awards committees. I also had the honor to serve on the AIA Louisiana Board in 2011 as Baton Rouge Chapter President, as Vice President of District B for the 2013 term, and most recently as Vice President / President-Elect. I will have my hand in Communications, Legislative and Design Conference Committees going forward this year. Please come join in the fun!
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends especially my husband, Jeff (most of the time), and my smart, beautiful nine year old twin girls, Aubrey and Rhiannon, who both made third grade honor roll this year. I am also a partner in Nice Foods Ltd., which owns and operates two Dunkin Donuts locations in Baton Rouge (please come visit us). I love sports (a baseball stadium is my dream project) and my favorite movie of all time is “Star Wars”. May the force be with you! Oh, and I’m a huge comic book nerd (Marvels’ Avengers is a close second in the movie department). Excelsior!