What is the best advice you have received?
"I've gotten lots of great design advice from old professors at UT and old employers, like I worked for Dick Clark Architecture for 11 years, so it was very formative for this office. I worked in Europe for a while and got great mentoring there from people who were outrageously talented.
“On the design end, just being around talented people, so much of it just rubs off. It's not so much nuggets of wisdom, but witnessing the processes, especially the thought process. Just thinking that every designer brings their own sort of process to how they work and then to work with other talented people. What I learned, is that you have to be okay with kind of destroying how you think you should work a lot of times, to just try different ways of thinking through a problem.
“As architects, we get a little focused on the process, because we tend to be more rigorous and linear, but sometimes that doesn't provide for the best solution. It's been nice to work with a lot of people — creative agencies, set designers, stylists, writers — they all come at this big narrative process very differently. They all each have their different creative processes and we always try to learn from how they do things.
“Meeting with successful entrepreneurs who gave me business advice on how to run the office was some of the best advice that I've gotten. Architecture firms are kind of run in a certain way. We have a certain role that we fulfill in certain jobs, and it starts and stops in a very standard method. Then, the outside world doesn't really see architecture in the same way architects do — they think things should just be a complete design, but there's no design that starts and stops at the walls, it needs to go to branding, the furnishings, the media, the PR -- so we try to be very thoughtful about the complete project.”