Synthesis Incorporated is pleased to welcome Katie Gordon, Graduate Architect, as one of our newest studio members. She earned her Associates Degree from Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne with a certification in digital design and fabrication, as well as her Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Architecture at Ball State University.
What is the most rewarding part about being an architect and why?
I find the most rewarding part of architecture is that every project is different. It is an ever-changing multiple piece puzzle that gets designed and then built, how amazing is that? With new and emerging technology, like 3D printing, VR headsets, and augment reality, it allows for architects and clients to explore the space earlier in the design and gives more understanding into what a building or a space can become. It is an incredible experience to be a part of.
What do you enjoy doing during your free time?
As a recent graduate, I am still trying to figure out what to do with all this newfound free time, but I do enjoy playing video games with friends, acting in a few plays, and watching hilariously terrible horror movies.
What is the best professional advice you’ve ever received?
“There is an order to how we do things around here. First, we are going to do things right, then it is going to be done.” Bob Borson (Life of an Architect). This quote is short, sweet, and to the point and encompasses how I view architecture in today’s world. If you make a mistake, own up to it. If you notice inconsistencies, point it out tactfully. Everyone’s goal for a project should be to get it done right and then move to the next phase, thus creating a better world; one building at a time.
How do you define success?
Success for me is when we can gain an understanding of how to improve people’s lives. Just by being aware of people and what their current and future needs may be, we can be successful in architecture.
What did you want to be when you grew up? Does it reflect what you’re doing now?
I jumped around on what I wanted to be while I was growing up, same as most children. I have always enjoyed tackling issues, using different tactics to try and find the best solution possible for everyone involved. I enjoyed building 3D puzzles, model cars, and building huge snow ramps to make sledding just that little bit more fun. Then, in high school, I took a drafting/robotics class, which was so different than any other class I had ever taken. This allowed me to constructively question and test various solutions while learning new drawing and software skills. It was incredible and I soon fell in love with architecture as it was always a new adventure with every project undertaken. Now that I am finally done with my schooling, I am excited to finally test my knowledge out in the real world.