Architectural Specifications with Melody Stinson

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Melody Stinson 

Melody Stinson believes that growing up with a father who was an electrical engineer enabled her to get an early look at the building and may have influenced her choice to go into architecture. She also relates a story about the house she lived in growing up – a house that her parents built from a kit. The unusual home sometimes inspired strangers to knock on the door to learn more about the house, so it’s not surprising that it also helped to inspire Melody.   

In today’s episode, Melody talks about her architecture school experience and what happened when she started applying for jobs after architecture school – specifically, what drew her to working with specs.  

Melody was a volunteer at the 2019 Young Architect Conference, and she shares her thoughts on that experience. She’s also scheduled to give a keynote speech at the Young Architects Summer Series, and you’ll hear more about that in today’s interview. She also talks about her experience with the licensing process and what it was like for her to make a big move from Oklahoma City to Portland.  

What You’ll Hear on This Episode  

  • What inspired Melody to pursue a career in architecture 
  • Melody’s architecture school experience 
  • What happened for Melody after architecture school 
  • What drew Melody to specs 
  • What new architects should know about specs 
  • Melody’s thoughts on volunteering at the Young Architect Conference 
  • Melody’s keynote speech for the Young Architect Summer Series 
  • Melody’s experience with licensing 
  • What it was like to move from Oklahoma City to Portland 
  • Melody’s advice for aspiring architects 
  • What Melody knows now that she didn’t know then 
  • The book that changed everything for Melody 
  • The resource Melody can’t live without 
  • Melody’s best time-saving trick 
  • Where listeners can find Melody 

Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode 

  1. It’s important to build a network of people that you can ask questions of. 
  2. Whatever you’re doing, show up and go all-in on it.  
  3. Don’t allow your ego to take over.  

Melody Stinson’s Advice for Aspiring Architects 

“I would just say to never think you’re asking a dumb question. Questions are good. You need to be asking questions and you will learn the art of asking the right questions the more you do it.” 

Favorite Quotes 

“Just to hang in there and not worry so much about what other people think or how they’re going to perceive you.” –Melody Stinson on what she knows today that she didn’t know back then 

“My book is The Gift of Imperfection by Brené Brown.” Melody Stinson on the book that changed everything 

“I love taking pictures, so my camera is one of my huge things.” Melody Stinson on the resource she can’t live without 

“Communicating directly. People beat around the bush so often and it just makes my brain hurt.” Melody Stinson on her best time-saving trick 

Resources Mentioned in the Show: 

Melody Stinson 
Melody on Instagram 
Melody on Facebook 


Michael Riscica

Michael Riscica is a Licensed Architect, and the creator of Young Architect, an online platform and community dedicated to helping the next generation of Architects become the most successful generation of Architects. 
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