Junior Designer for HY Architects
The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
The small class sizes helped the teachers to keep me on track. Also, the instructors' attention to detail, from the beginning to the end of my education, required me to have high expectations for myself. Angela Bowles , Junior Designer for HY Architects
Bachelor of Science in Interior Design , 2015 , The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
Angela Bowles is a junior designer for HY Architects. She is responsible for architectural drafting, architectural schedule organization, materials selection, client interfacing, and engineer consultant coordination.
“I work with Revit or AutoCAD to create construction documents,” she says. Angela also develops presentation kits that either she or a project manager show to potential clients. These kits are typically designed with Revit, Sketchup, Photoshop, and InDesign. “Our projects are usually healthcare based. We work on a lot of tenant-improvement projects, but we often will create ground-up healthcare clinics as well.”
She says that soon after she started her job, she faced a challenge—her coworkers were not responding well to the attitude that she brought to work. “I was asked to put on more of a team player attitude, rather than being so focused on my own success in the firm. I did the best I could to be more positive and have a can-do attitude no matter what. About a month later, I was rewarded a raise for working on the problem. I learned that I don't have to have all the right answers, all the time. I am always growing, so I should have a growth-driven attitude.”
Angela has also challenged herself to pursue architecture in addition to interior design. “Architecture can be so technical. But I am considering taking the architectural exams because of the support I've received from everyone I work with, and the support of the instructors back in school. I'm very thankful to be where I am, and also every step I've had to take in getting here.”
Angela adds that she is constantly learning, and that architecture and design is a field that requires a 100% commitment. “People are always looking for a fresh look or new design idea. People going to healthcare facilities are often sick, and it would be incredible if I were [somehow part] in their healing, based on the design of the space.”
She enjoys seeing a client’s positive response to her design work. “They have such good responses because they see the design how the end user will. It's a fresh take. Long hours don't always seem to pay off, but usually in the end, I see that the work is worth it, because I’ve learned something I wouldn't have known before.”
Angela, who in 2015 earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, says that earning a degree paved a path to her current career. “My education was instrumental in helping me [to succeed in] my current job. The small class sizes helped the teachers to keep me on track. Also, the instructor's attention to detail, from the beginning to the end of my education, required me to have high expectations for myself.”
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