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Little Diversified Architectural Consulting |Anne Lebo

Anne found her interest in architecture early. Growing up in a single-family home, Anne was fascinated by a condo that she stayed in during a family vacation. The building sparked her imagination, and she describes drawing a dream home – containing a kids-only entrance to one area of the home – with her brother following that experience.

In high school, Anne took drafting classes and enjoyed designing buildings and homes with her classmates. She was considering a career in landscape design but realized that she wanted to be involved in all parts of a project, not just small parts of it. When she realized that architecture encompassed buildings, design, and construction, she knew that she’d found the right area to focus on, so she began applying to colleges with architecture programs.

Anne attended Virginia Tech for architecture school. She worked for a custom home designer during school and took a while to find a job once she finished school, finally joining a firm that worked on building public and private schools. After getting married and moving, she took her current job with Little Diversified Architectural Consulting.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode  
  • What inspired Anne to pursue a career in architecture
  • Anne’s experience in architecture school
  • Anne’s first job
  • Anne’s current job
  • Anne’s workshop for the Young Architect Conference
  • What mentorship has looked like in Anne’s career
  • Projects that Anne is excited about
  • Anne’s latest certification
  • Anne’s advice for aspiring architects
  • What Anne knows now that she didn’t know then
  • The book that changed everything for Anne
  • Anne’s favorite resource, product, or gadget
  • Anne’s best timesaving trick
Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode
  1.   Pursue your passion, not just a salary.
  2.   Architecture can be a good choice for people who want to be involved in all parts of a project.
  3.   Don’t underestimate the power of mentorship.
Anne Lebo’s Advice for Aspiring Architects

“My advice would be to really, really, really, really question what you’re passionate about because I think the worst thing about architecture is that you can get too horned into a position that pays a decent amount of money for something that you don’t really enjoy doing.”

Favorite Quotes

“I know how to write an email in two tries instead of eight now.” –Anne Lebo on what she knows today that she didn’t know back then

“I like it because I always go back to it.”  –Anne Lebo on the book that changed everything, Universal Methods of Design

“I use that all the time, just to double-check myself.” –Anne Lebo on the resource she can’t live without

“I schedule phone calls on my drive so that I can take the extra time to be early and also get something done at the same time.”  – Anne Lebo on her best timesaving trick

Resources Mentioned in the Show 

Anne Lebo
Virginia Tech
Little Diversified Architectural Consulting
Universal Methods of Design
Email: AnneVLebo@gmail.com

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Where to stay for the Young Architect Conference?

So you are ready to buy your ticket for the Young Architect Conference but are not sure where to stay once you arrive in PDX.  We have put together a list of several options to help out!


The Jupiter Hotel is part of the YAC Campus and the location of our closing party.   You can receive 15% off your room rate by using code YAC19 when booking (use all caps please).

The Hotel Rose is a funky, boutique hotel.  Also offering a discounted rate of 15% when you use the code CORP during booking.

Hotel Eastlund is a luxury, boutique hotel.

Inn at the Convention Center is a super budget-friendly option.

Courtyard by Marriott

Society Hotel 


Hostels aren’t what they used to be and might be a great budget alternative to the hotels in the area.

Check out the Northwest Hostel, or Hawthorne District Hostel.


Another option is grab an AirBnB!   You could book a solo place just for yourself or have a few of your friends join you at the conference and rent a whole house like this one.  At just $118 per night, you and your four friends will be getting a heck of a deal.

*Speaking of roommates, when you purchase your ticket we will ask if you want help finding a roommate.  Joanna will be working with anyone who requests this to try to match you up with someone compatible.

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EVIA Studio | Leah Bayer

Today’s guest is Leah Bayer. Leah was not a child who was interested in building with Legos, and when she reached high school age, she didn’t have a grand plan to sign up for architecture school. She was interested in physics and art, and also took an elective course in architectural drafting. While she was taking that course, her school got a grant for a 3D printer, and her design for a dream house was used for the school’s first 3D printing.

Leah explains that her physics teacher suggested that she read The Fountainhead after seeing one of her sketches and that something about the book clicked for her. She also took an aptitude test in high school, and her results suggested a career in architecture. Leah decided to go with it and applied to California Polytechnic State University’s architecture program.

Leah originally planned to double major in architecture and engineering, despite warnings from advisers that this would be too much work to handle. It turned out that it was too much, and four years into the program, Leah dropped out without graduating. She returned to Washington to take a break and think about what she wanted to do in the future. During this time, she took art classes, learned to program, and discovered biomimicry. This prompted her to return to school to complete her architecture degree, although she abandoned the engineering major. Leah describes her unusual thesis project: a graphic novel about a biomechanical multi-generational sentient starship with a symbiotic relationship to its passengers.

While she worked on her thesis, Leah also took a job as a receptionist for a physical therapy office that was on its way out of business. Because the business was going under anyway, the therapists allowed her to try some new business strategies and organizations, and her ideas ended up turning the business around. This is when Leah discovered that she had a talent for business and managing practices.

After graduating, Leah looked for ways to incorporate her interests in biomechanics and business into the architecture field, which eventually led to her starting her own business. Listen to the interview to hear about Leah’s business plan, her company structure and staff, and what kinds of things she’s working on now.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode

How Leah got interested in architecture
Why Leah left architecture school before graduating
What Leah did with her time out of school
What prompted Leah to go back to architecture school
Leah’s thesis project
How Leah got interested in business management and strategy
How Leah began finding her place in the architecture world
Why Leah first applied to be an office manager at an architecture firm
Why Leah decided to get her testing done quickly
How Leah got started in her own firm
Leah’s business plan
Why Leah set up her business as a social purpose corporation
Who Leah has working on her staff
Leah’s advice for aspiring architects
What Leah knows now that she didn’t know then
The book that changed everything for Leah
The resource that Leah can’t live without
Leah’s best timesaving trick
How listeners can connect with Leah

Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode

1.  It’s important to follow the threads that interest you.
2.  Careers in architecture don’t all look the same or follow the same trajectory.
3.  You can combine seemingly unrelated interests into the field of architecture.

Leah Bayer’s Advice for Aspiring Architects

“I think the biggest advice that I have is to seriously dive deep into those threads that really make you feel like you’re on fire. And they don’t have to be something that makes sense, they don’t even have to be something related to architecture but listen to that and cultivate that because you don’t know where it’s going to take you.” 

Favorite Quotes

“There are so many options.” Leah Bayer on what she knows today that she didn’t know back then

“Reading that book while I was at my lowest low and didn’t know what to do with myself and understanding something about myself or something about the possibility of the future through Janine Benyus’ work was probably the most pivotal read so far in my life.” –Leah Bayer on the book that changed everything, Biomimicry

“Now that I’m digital, I don’t really have a lot of things anymore. It’s all in the virtual world.” Leah Bayer on the resource she can’t live without

“In order to better use my time, I am a very strict and obsessive user of the program One Note.”  – Leah Bayer on her best timesaving trick

Resources Mentioned in the Show

Leah Bayer
The Fountainhead
EVIA Studio
Leah on Instagram
EVIA on Instagram
Email: LeahAlissa@gmail.com

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Young KwaMashu Social Entrepreneur (and Young Architect Conference Keynote speaker) becomes an Obama Leader

A born-free, 25-year-old social entrepreneur from KwaMashu, Durban, has been selected to be part of the prestigious Obama Foundation cohort that will be convening in Johannesburg this July for the Obama Leaders: Africa Program.

The Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program supports emerging leaders from across the continent through a one-year leadership development and civic engagement program. The program convenes, trains, and connects 200 young leaders in government, civil society, and the private sector who have already demonstrated extraordinary potential for impact, a clear commitment to integrity, and a capacity to advance the common good within their spheres of influence.

Mthiyane is one of the 20 South Africans selected from 21000 applications from around the world.

Wandile believes that true changes come from the community and this is best evident in the pilot home he built for a family living in a dilapidated shack in Umbumbulu.

Democracy Gauge - Wandile Mthiyane from KwaMashu Township in Durban - YouTube

After having extensive meetings with community leaders, the community at large, he worked with Andrews University in Michigan and the Mtshali family to construct a home with a commercial space to help the family sustain themselves after the intervention. This project, in collaboration with his alma mater, ended up winning the best student-led urban design project through Congress for New Urbanism Grand Prize. Due to the impact this project had on Andrews student and professors, the school ended up changing their whole curriculum to focus on socially impactful design. 


Wandile Mthiyane grew up moving around a lot, by the age of 13 he’d already lived in 9 different townships and informal settlements across Durban. Inspired by the creativity of his community and determined to improve the safety and quality of life in low-income communities across South Africa, he founded Ubuntu Design Group. UDG is an architectural design and micro-mortgage organization based on the premise that everyone deserves a dignified place to call home. The organization lives up to its mission by providing entrepreneurial low-income families within the gap housing market (families earning between R3.5k-22k) that currently do not qualify for an RDP or a bank mortgage/bond with a dignified work-live home below prime – a lower interest rate than your typical bank. 

“Building a person a home does not take them out of poverty but building them a home with a commercial space enables the family to end the cycle of poverty, accumulate generational wealth, self sustain, maintain their home whilst also impacting their community,” says Wandile as he passionately talks about the importance of architectural and financial inclusion in the sustainability of a community.  

This is the second year of the Obama Foundation’s Leaders: Africa program. The program was launched in 2018 and kicked off with a five-day impact convention in Johannesburg, South Africa, featuring President Obama and more than 50 speakers from across Africa. This year, the program will take place between the 10th-15th of July in Johannesburg. These Africa Leaders are part of our larger global network of changemakers, connected and engaged, with a focus on action and an ongoing commitment to their communities. 

 If you’re a family that falls within the gap housing market looking for a home or a potential impact investor that would like to learn more about Wandile’s work, please visit Ubuntu Design Group’s website at www.ubuntudesigngroup.com or email him at wandile@ubuntudesigngroup.com

Child of Apartheid - Official Premiere Trailer - YouTube


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While at the AIA’19, Michael Riscica sat down with Brad Glauser and Brad Walker of Edify Studios for a must listen to podcast.  These guys are great and have a cool new voice in the world of Architecture.  Give them a listen to and follow along with them at InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

Episode 003 - AIA 2019 Interview | Michael Riscica w/ Young Architect - YouTube

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EntreArchitect Mark LePage 

Today’s guest is Mark LePage, a repeat guest on the Young Architect Podcast. In today’s episode, Mark talks about what he’s been up to in the time since his last appearance on the podcast. Mark created EntreArchitect, an online platform for small architecture firms that help them build a better business. 

Mark explains that he’s currently putting more focus on developing the EntreArchitect podcast, because more people prefer to listen to the content than to read it. He’s also working on webinar trainings. 

Mark explains that EntreArchitect has made big changes in their framework, breaking the year into three trimesters and focusing on a different topic each trimester. Mark says that the three most important to a firm’s success are profit, promotion, and process, and those three topics are the focus of this year’s three trimesters.   

What You’ll Hear on This Episode   

What Mark is focusing on at EntreArchitect
EntreArchitect’s trimester framework
The community at EntreArchitect
Work-life balance
How much time Mark spends on FiveCat Studios vs EntreArchitect
Mark’s new workshop
The types of people who join Mark’s program
Mark’s advice for people who want to start their own firm
Focusing on the business before the art of architecture
Mark’s advice for aspiring architects
What Mark knows now that he didn’t know then
The book that changed everything for Mark
The resource Mark can’t live without
Mark’s favorite timesaving trick
How listeners can connect with Mark   

Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode 

  1. Profit, promotion, and process are critical to a small firm’s success. 
  2. Figuring out how to balance your work and family life is key. 
  3. Learn the fundamentals of financial management. 
Mark LePage’s Advice for Aspiring Architects

“I would go back to your numbers. Know your numbers, the basics of financial management. That’s all you need to know at first, just the basics, but make that your top priority after you get your license – to understand how business works.”

Favorite Quotes 

“The more you give, the more you get.”–Mark LePage on what he knows today that he didn’t know back then 

“That book sort of reignited my love for American history.”  –Mark LePage on the book that changed everything, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow 

“Everything that I’m doing now is on Slack.”–Mark LePage on the resource he can’t live without 

“No Monday meetings – Mark LePage on his best timesaving trick 

Resources Mentioned in the Show

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Here are the Top Ten Reasons Why YOU Should Attend the Young Architect Conference!
  1. Networking at the Young Architect Conference is more than just handing out your business card.  There will be workshops to help you better learn to network, parties to allow you to practice it, and we even have a dedicated Facebook group to help you maintain those connections post conference.
  1. The YOUNG in Young Architect Conference isn’t about an age, or even the AIA’s definition of Young Architect.  It is about a feeling! No suit and tie required! This conference is all about engaging and learning in an easy going setting.
  1. Highly interactive workshops for every stage in your career. Each workshop is designed to invigorate and educate you.  You will be engaging with like minded individuals who not only want to better themselves, but the whole profession of Architecture.
  1. Parties!  Because well no one throws a party like a Young Architect!  Join is for drinks on Friday night at the Opening Reception and a kickass party on Closing Party on Sunday complete with great food, great music, and great people!
  1. Relatable Speakers.  This isn’t a conference for some Star-achitect  who you will never get the chance to shake hands with. Our keynotes are trailblazers you won’t see anywhere else!  Our small, relaxed setting will allow you to engage with them on a personal level.
  1. Portland!  Portland in the summer is amazing!   The food scene is outstanding. The local beer is great.  The people are super chill. Check out the cities Architecture with a walking tour ( will be available throughout the YAC)  hosted by an amazing Architectural Historian too!
  1. Workshops and Keynotes are designed to cover topics that are current and relevant to the NEXT generation of Architects.
  1. No exhibition hall.  No one will be trying to sell to you like a cheesy car salesman the whole time you are at the YAC!  This is about learning, listening, and participating… not buying!
  1. Swag! You know you want some cool Young Architect Conference Swag!
  1. The people!  The diversity of the people who are presenting and attending is something pretty special and much needed in the world of Architecture. You will be working alongside people who come from very different places, but all with the same common goal.

Tickets are limited and going fast!  Purchase your ticket today!

We cannot wait to meet you!
The YA Team

Any questions?  

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AIA | Brian Penschow 

Brian didn’t always know that he wanted to go into architecture. His first inclination was to go into marine biology, but he lost interest in that after learning what his likely salary would be in that field. Brian was good at math, science, and technology in high school, and his father was a mechanical engineer, so Brian decided to go into mechanical engineering himself. He enrolled in Rutgers with that goal in mind. However, it didn’t work out as planned. 

Brian discovered that he didn’t have to do much studying or class participation in order to maintain high grades, so he found other ways to entertain himself instead. However, he began partying too much, and ended up being arrested for burglary, theft, and organized crime, and getting kicked out of Rutgers. Brian returned home and got a job at a gas station and then a liquor store. He was still drinking too much and got a DWI. At this point, Brian knew it was time to make a change. He stopped drinking and enrolled in Union County College. He started out there taking business classes, then discovered architecture and finally knew that he’d found something to be inspired by. 

Brian enrolled in the New Jersey Institute of Technology after graduating from Union County College. However, he experienced another setback when his father had a heart attack shortly after he started at NJIT. When his father died, Brian not only lost a parent, he lost his major source of financial and emotional support. 

Brian managed to finish the architecture program at NJIT, got married, bought a house, and settled into his first architecture job. Later, he was headhunted by a company building large, expensive houses. He took the job, but when the 2008 financial crisis hit, the work dried up, and Brian returned to his original architecture firm. When Superstorm Sandy hit, the disaster ended up revitalizing the architecture field in the area, giving Brian’s firm plenty of work and experience, and this eventually led to him moving on to new projects and challenges.   

What You’ll Hear on This Episode   

Brian’s background
How Brian went from an interest in marine biology to mechanical engineering to architecture
Brian’s college experience
Brian’s architecture school experience
Brian’s first architecture job
How Brian was affected by the 2008 financial crisis
How Superstorm Sandy affected the architecture field in New Jersey
How Brian got his own business started
The kinds of projects Brian is working on now
Brian’s experiences with mentorship and the AIA
Brian’s advice for aspiring architects
What Brian knows now that he didn’t know then
The book that changed everything for Brian
The resource that Brian can’t do without
Brian’s best time-saving trick
How listeners can connect with Brian   

Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode 
  1. You don’t have to be defined by your mistakes.
  2. Perseverance is a key quality that an architect needs to have.
  3. The business aspect of architecture is as important as the building aspect.
Brian Penschow’s Advice for Aspiring Architects 

“The number one piece of advice that I can think of is don’t quit. There are a lot of personality traits and characteristics you’re going to need to rely on and you’re going to need to strengthen as an architect, but the number one thing you need is grit.”   

Favorite Quotes 

“I know today that architecture is a business.”–Brian Penschow on what he knows today that he didn’t know back then 

“It’s got everything I need in here.”  –Brian Penschow on the book that changed everything, Architectural Graphic Standards 

“I do a lot of work out of my F150.”–Brian Penschow on the resource he can’t live without 

“Put everything on your calendar.”  – Brian Penschow on his best timesaving trick 

Resources Mentioned in the Show 

Brian Penschow
Union County College
New Jersey Institute of Technology 

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GFDA | Brian Buirge 

Brian recalls being drawn toward art from an early age. In today’s interview, he talks about being born and raised in a suburban middle-class family in Pittsburgh. His grandmother was an artist, and Brian can remember making his own comic books as a kid. He also recalls drawing extensively once when he was grounded from other activities. 

Brian’s parents were supportive of his interest in art, and he also received positive feedback from kids and teachers at school for his artistic projects. In high school, when he had the option of taking elective classes as well as core classes, he chose to take all of the art classes that were available to him. 

When it was time for college, Brian knew that he wanted to do something artistic, but also wanted to be sure that he could earn a living. His first thought was to go into art education. While the first university he enrolled in didn’t have an art education program, they did have design classes available, and Brian felt really engaged with the work and classes. Brian eventually ended up starting over at a more rigorous university – Kent State – and received a BFA. He graduated from his undergrad program in the fall of 2008. He received a great job offer in Pittsburgh that later fell through due to the 08 economic crash. He ended up moving back in with his parents, waiting tables, and eventually taking on freelance work before going back to university for a graduate program. It was while teaching that Brian started GDFA as a way to get students interested, then started making and selling products. 

Brian wrote a book that will soon be published, and he talks about the process of writing a book proposal and connecting with an agent. He will also be giving a keynote speech at the Young Architect Conference, and he explains that he’ll be talking about how the business got started and about some of the risks he took and failures he experienced along the way.   

What You’ll Hear on This Episode   
  • Brian’s childhood interest in art 
  • How Brian ended up in design classes 
  • What it was like to look for work after graduating in the fall of 2008 
  • How Brian ended up going to graduate school 
  • How Brian got the idea to start GDFA 
  • Brian’s book 
  • What the book proposal process was like 
  • What Brian will be talking about at the Young Architect’s Conference 
  • The GFDA’s workshop program 
  • Brian’s advice for aspiring architects 
  • A book that changed everything for Brian 
  • Brian’s favorite resource 
  • Brian’s thoughts on GFDA’s messaging 
  • Brian’s favorite timesaving trick 
  • How listeners can connect with Brian 
Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode 
  1. You can do creative work and still build a career that makes money. 
  2. Early setbacks don’t need to define the rest of your career. 
  3. You can be true to yourself in your messaging. 
Brian Buirge’s Advice for Aspiring Architects 

“I guess I’ll say this for anybody who’s creative, really. What I’ve been feeling lately is a sense of humility, and humility is so important to the creative process. So, I guess if I’m doing GFDA, have fucking humility would be the right way to go about it. And to remember that if you’re being creative you’re going to be in those zones where you’re uncomfortable, and that’s the right place to be because in order to come up with something new, creative, innovative, disruptive, apply any of your generic industry terms that are currently in pop culture to this, if you’re doing things that you already know what the outcome is going to be than you’re not really being creative. You’ve gotta go into that space of what you don’t know and find something new, combine something, and then bring it back and bring it to life. The great thing and the scary thing is there is an infinite number of things you don’t know and a very small finite number of things you do know and so the great news is that means creativity will never stop. The challenging part for anybody is to not get involved in your ego and run home to mama and say I know how to solve this problem before you’ve even gotten into that messy area of uncertainty.”   

Favorite Quotes

“When he left, the major thing for me that I had to learn was all the finance numbers, accounting things.” –Brian Buirge on what he knows today that he didn’t know back then 

“It’s such a great read and something I think anyone can relate to.”  –Brian Buirge on Peaceful Warrior, the book that changed everything 

“For me personally, I mentioned briefly that I’ve done martial arts for a long time – almost 20 years now – and for me, I could not live without doing that.” –Brian Buirge on the resource he can’t live without”

“There’s the dark side of me, the subversive side, there’s a little bit of that in the GFDA message.” –Brian Buirge on the GFDA message 

“Working from home.” – Brian Buirge on his best timesaving trick 

Resources Mentioned in the Show 

Brian Buirge
Kent State 


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Architable | Adam Denais | Monica Denais 

Adam Denais found his way to architecture school via a drafting class in high school. He had a natural talent for drafting and really enjoyed it, and his drafting teacher was the first to suggest that he go to architecture school. Adam thought that architecture school would be like drafting, so he enrolled in the architecture program in university, where he quickly learned that architecture school is not like a high school drafting class. However, Adam ended up really enjoying architecture school, even more than drafting, and he received both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Adam knew that his opportunities in his own small town were limited, and he knew that he wanted to get out and move to a big city. Since he didn’t have the contacts that he knew he would need, he set out to create his own network by entering competitions. One of those competitions led him to Dallas, Texas, where he made connections, met his mentor, and also met his wife, Monica. 

Monica had also grown up in a small town and was looking to make the most of whatever opportunities where available to her. She knew that she wanted to help people with disabilities, and when she was going for her master’s degree, she focused on helping people with disabilities get back to work. 

Together, Adam and Monica are creating Architable, an app that will help new and aspiring architects connect with mentors and create networks, as well as learn more about the next steps they’ll need to take in their career. In today’s episode, Adam and Monica discuss Architable, their upcoming workshop at the Young Architect Conference, and how they’re using social media to reach out and help others. 

What You’ll Hear on This Episode   
  • How Adam got started in architecture 
  • The competitions that Adam entered 
  • How Monica and Adam met 
  • Where Monica grew up and how she got into her field 
  • How Monica and Adam came up with the app that they’re working on 
  • How the app works 
  • Why Adam and Monica are posting salary information on social media 
  • What Monica and Adam will be talking about at the Young Architect Conference 
  • Monica’s podcast, Café with Monica 
  • Reaching people through social media 
  • What’s going on with AIA in Dallas 
  • Monica and Adam’s advice for licensing exams 
  • Monica and Adam’s advice for aspiring architects 
  • The books that changed everything for Monica and Adam 
  • Adam’s and Monica’s favorite resource 
  • How listeners can find Monica and Adam 
Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode 

1.   If you don’t have the professional network you need, you can create your own. 

2.  You need to know your own worth. 

3.   Putting yourself first and managing your stress and mental health is important. 

Adam’s and Monica’s Advice for Aspiring Architects 

“My advice would be that it’s never too early to start building relationships with people, because you never know who is going to bring you opportunity down the road. It’s never too early. Play the long game. And that means being OK with having to deal with, like, rejection, or shame, or maybe you don’t know what you’re talking about yet. But putting yourself out there and saying “hey, this is who I am, I have a dream of becoming an awesome architect,” and then fostering that relationship so that whenever you need something you have people you can go to who want to help you succeed because you’ve built that relationship with them.” –Adam Denais 

“My advice is, coming from a counselor, to take care of yourself and put yourself first, through all of this in your career is to make sure that you’re mentally ready for anything that you set yourself out for and that you’re seeking assistance if you do need, because all of this can be very stressful, just getting to the next step in your career, even taking the test, it can be very stressful, you just need to take care of yourself. I feel like a lot of people don’t take care of themselves, because in studio you guys were told “spend so many hours on this, and no matter what get this done, you have a deadline.” And even in your current career, so I just really want people to make sure that they’re taking care of themselves and their mental health.” –Monica Denais 

Favorite Quotes 

“At some point, someone believed in me, and then I felt worthy that I could believe in myself.” –Adam on what he knows today that he didn’t know back then 

“Screw the plan, just do it.” –Monica on what she knows today that she didn’t know back then 

“It taught me a lot about compassion and justice and a reason why I wanted to be a counselor.” –Monica on To Kill a Mockingbird, the book that changed everything 

“My big takeaway from that book is that everything that has happened, has happened due to a bunch of really complex reasons.”–Adam on Guns, Germs, and Steel, the book that changed everything 

“I told him, “I’m your best resource.””–Monica on the resource that Adam can’t live without 

Resources Mentioned in the Show 

Adam Denais 
Monica Denais 
University of Louisiana at Lafayette 
Café With Monica Podcast 
Architable on Instagram 
NEXT Architects on Facebook 
Architable on Facebook 


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