Meeta Morrison says that she had the desire to make and build things starting from a very young age. She didn’t know what an architect was, but she used materials at hand to create things anyway.
Early on, Meeta says that she was encouraged to become a physician because she was good at math and science and at school generally. But when she was 16, she took her first drafting class, and she was good at and enjoyed that. But her school counselor at the time told her that women don’t become architects. Meeta wanted to be successful and felt a responsibility to her family to do well financially, so she chose a different major.
However, Meeta says that she was unhappy during her first year at college and came to the conclusion that she made the wrong decision. At the time, she was on track to become a chemical engineer but wasn’t happy with the work. She took an art history class that contained a lot of information about architecture and became interested in that again, but her college wouldn’t allow her to transfer into the architecture school.
Meeta decided that she would get her degree in something else, then go back to architecture school. But her path was convoluted. Life interfered – she got married and started a family, had to make moves, and spent time supporting her husband’s career choice while trying to get back to her own.
In today’s episode, Meeta talks about how she got back into architecture, got her degree, and got licensed. She also discusses how she became a business owner running her how architecture firm.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
- What inspired Meeta to pursue a career in architecture
- Why Meeta didn’t initially major in architecture
- How Meeta got back into architecture
- What Meeta did when she finished architecture school
- The joblessness rate in architecture
- Meeta’s experiences with getting licensed
- How Meeta’s life has changed since getting licensed
- Projects that Meeta has been working on
- What Meeta thinks about the Austin house market
- Books that are influential in Meeta’s life
- What’s coming up for MMD architecture
- Meeta’s advice for aspiring architects
- The book that changed everything for Meeta
- Meeta’s favorite resource, product, or gadget
- Meeta’s best timesaving trick
- How listeners can find Meeta
Top Three Takeaways from This Episode:
- Don’t let someone tell you what you can’t do.
- You have to really want it if you want to be an architect.
- When you own a business, you have a constant responsibility to it.
Meeta’s Advice for Aspiring Architects:
“It is not an easy thing. I do actually believe that this is one of the hard professions. It is a difficult thing to do. It’s not for the faint of heart. So just keep going. You have to really want it, that’s what I’m going to say. You have to really want to be an architect. At the same time, I also think that the field is incredibly broad and there’s a lot of different ways to be in this field without becoming a licensed architect.”
“Touch This Earth Lightly.” –The book that changed everything for Meeta
“It’s my team.” –Meeta on her favorite resource, product, or gadget
“Blocking and stacking.” –Meeta on her best time-saving trick