1) Can you tell us a bit about:
a. Your educational background?
My undergraduate was an Honours Double Major in Architecture and Economics at the University of Toronto, where I also completed my Master of Architecture. Fun fact, my graduating M. Arch class consisted of two thirds women.b. Your cultural background?
First generation born in Canada, with a Greek cultural background.2) What stage are you at your career in architecture?
Currently completing my internship.3) Why the field of architecture?
As a child I wanted to be multiple things at once: a mathematician, a teacher, a builder, an accountant, etc - all this while also saying I'd be a writer and artist on the side. In the end architecture found me while I was applying for university and has since stuck. 4) What is your role with B.E.A.T?
I'm a member of the Executive Committee. Currently helping coordinate our third annual Women in Architecture Seminar. 5) What provoked/inspired you to be part of B.E.A.T? Share your story?
There is a Greek proverb that says 'a society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in'. I want to share my experiences, learn from others, and help shape the future of our profession. Overall, I want to plant trees I may not be able to sit under.6) What do you hope to gain/what messaging are you hoping to send out by being part of B.E.A.T?
It’s not just about women. It's about equality. The first two seminars had a great male turnout, as have some of our Mentorship Mondays. Through these events BEAT provides exposure to and mentorship by leaders in a profession that, although fairly equal at the university level, is still male dominated. This is what it's all about, awareness of what is happening around us, and helping bridge gaps through mentorship and networking. Change doesn't come from women only talking to women, but by engaging everyone. The same goes for all other minority groups in architecture. Everyone should have an equal voice and opportunity.
Our events really are open to everyone! From seminars, to building tours, and parties to name a few. Check out our website and sign up for our mailing list for more information: http://www.beatoronto.com/about-2/
7) What do you see as the biggest challenges in the coming years for architecture (and women in architecture)?
I’d rather discuss things to look forward to. It is exciting to see more women in different roles on site and on project teams - from architects, engineers, plumbers, contractors, and more. It is equally exciting to be working with groups of both men and women who treat each other with the respect and trust they deserve. We all have something different to bring to the table. I look forward to more of this in the coming years. 8) Words of Wisdom for emerging young professional just entering the field of architecture?
Find mentors you respect and learn from their years of experience. Feel comfortable asking questions, it’s okay not to know everything. Trust yourself. 'Proceed and be bold' - Samuel Mockbee