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Awesome Associates – Sierra Eades, Graduate Architect (Tampa, FL)
Hi, Sierra! We’re excited to get to know you better. Tell us a little bit about where you’re from and where you went to school.
I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. I received my undergraduate degree in Architectural Design from the University of Florida and graduated in 2018 with a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Tulane University where I also studied Sustainable Real Estate Development.
What drew you to architecture and the design profession?
Design has always been a component of my life. My mother worked in interior design and I would help with floorplans as a child. When I was older, I realized that I loved being challenged and my freshman year architecture classes were some of the most difficult and rewarding challenges I had faced because it was about making a finished product instead of achieving a grade. From that moment I was hooked on Architecture and Design.
What types of projects have you worked on?
I have worked on FDOT projects like weigh-in-motion building renovations, rest areas, and space allocation studies. Through the FDOT projects and private parking garage projects, I have been able to work with a lot of WGI team members. I have also had the opportunity to help develop the graphics for the WGI architecture website page, which has been fun to curate.
What’s your get-pumped song?
This Week: Beggin by Madcon
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to spend my free time on myself by “checking out” from the day by meditating or working out.
Have you read any good books lately?
The Five Archetypes by Carey Davidson
What does your ideal vacation look like?
Hiking or exploring a new city, as long as it is an adventure the destination doesn’t matter to me.
What was your first job?
I worked in a campus computer lab helping users with software questions and printing needs. It was the best college job because I could get paid to sit and finish my class assignments.
When I’m creatively stuck, I…
Sleep on it. The best ideas I have ever had come to me right before I fall asleep.
What would be impossible for you to give up?
Coffee. 10-year addiction going strong.
Any interesting facts about yourself that you’d like to share?
My brain contains an infinite knowledge of random useless facts.
Who or what inspires you?
The past and future versions of myself. My past reminds me of where I come from; my future self gives me goals to strive towards, and the combination reminds me that change is about evolving in positive ways.
Everyone at WGI has a story about why they joined the team. What’s yours?
All architecture students graduate expecting to work on skyscrapers and I was no exception to that mindset. I stumbled upon WGI by accident and I was uncertain about working in the transportation industry. But, meeting the great group of people I would be working with during my interview eliminated any uncertainties and two years later I still have no doubts that I made the right decision.
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