At the recent TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR event in London, TOPHOTELNEWS caught up with co-founder of STRATA architecture firm to talk about what mistakes she has made in her career, and what she has learned from them.
is an architect with over twenty years experience in the construction industry internationally. She has had leading roles in numerous architecture firms in her native US before co-founding her own practice, STRATA, in 2012. She studied architecture in Mississippi, Delft, Rotterdam and Yale University, and has a wide range of experience in projects that include residential, education, mixed-use, institutional and hospitality. Her design approach is thorough and specific, creating thoughtful, technically sophisticated buildings.
Biggest career mistake
takes a positive approach to mistakes made in her career, and says that something that people should learn at an early stage in their professional life is to focus on the people that surround you, not the projects themselves. Of course it is important to be able to execute your work well and to work in a professional manner with colleagues and clients, but this is not the most important thing, according to Brown in her experience. She says that surrounding yourself with people who inspire and challenge you pushes you beyond the boundaries of what you thought you were capable of, therefore encouraging you to be better at what you do once you are out of your comfort zone.
Brown would encourage young professionals to seek out the positivity and generosity in the world and let that be a guiding force in work and in life. She also stresses the importance of time, and that young people might feel like they can follow whatever comes to them, but that choice is really the biggest game changer in someone’s career. Choosing the right people to be around can have a huge influence on how a person’s career path develops, and mentors can help to guide someone towards the type of career they want.