Juan Gomez didn’t always know that he wanted to be an architect, but he was interested in art from a young age. He had a lot of artists in his family and really connected with the artistic side of his family, and he loved to draw as a kid. And he didn’t just stick with drawing things exactly as he saw them, he wanted to design things for himself. He designed and drew dinosaurs when he was interested in that subject, and he also designed and drew cars, for example. The early interest in art got him started on the path that would eventually lead him to architecture and getting recognition for the things he drew helped him along the way.
In high school, Juan was friends with other artists, and they designed and drew their own comic books. Juan also did artwork for the school paper. He was interested in graphic arts but wanted to do something more palpable, and he fell in love with the concept of industrial design. His plan was to attend Georgia Tech and study industrial design, but he didn’t have the GPA to be accepted into Georgia Tech straight from high school. So, Juan decided to go to community college to get an AA first, and he could use that to transfer to college.
At his community college, Juan pursued classes in graphic arts and fine arts, and his teachers there encouraged him to consider architecture. Juan didn’t take the suggestions seriously at first, but as he began to learn more about architecture, he found that the artistic side of it appealed to him. He realized that architecture was a way to express himself. He enrolled in Florida Atlantic University and studied architecture in Fort Lauderdale.
In today’s interview, you’ll hear more about Juan’s journey, his skill with Archicad software, and what he did after architecture school. He talks about how he made a big move to Denver, and then about how he decided to start his own business.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode
- What inspired Juan to pursue a career in architecture
- Where Juan went to architecture school
- What happened for Juan after architecture school
- The types of projects Juan was working on after architecture school
- How Juan moved to Denver
- The projects that Juan was working on in Denver
- How Juan started his own architecture business
- Juan’s advice for aspiring architects
- What Juan knows now that she didn’t know then
- The book that changed everything for Juan
- The resource Juan can’t live without
- Juan’s best time-saving trick
- Where listeners can find Juan
Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode
- Don’t compare yourself to others
- Trust your instincts
- Learn to realize when a workplace or situation is toxic and when you need to move on
Juan Gomez’s Advice for Aspiring Architects
“The first big thing is to not compare yourself to others. Don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone is on their own path, their own journey.”
“A big thing is that life is relationships and success is a process.”–Juan Gomez on what he knows today that he didn’t know back then
“I read The Power of Now, and it really puts you in the place of being present.” – Juan Gomez on the book that changed everything
“YouTube! I love YouTube.” – Juan Gomez on the resource he can’t live without
“Just do it right the first time. It’s going to save you so much time in the future.” —Juan Gomez on his best time-saving trick
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