Luke Arehart can trace his desire to be an architect to television shows and movies that he watched growing up. He points to the character of Mike Brady from The Brady Bunch as a major inspiration for his portrayal of an architect and father of seven who always held it all together. He also singles out a speech given by Whoopi Goldberg’s character in the movie Sister Act as an inspiration that helped him narrow down what he wanted to do with his life.
In high school, Luke was able to choose from several vocational classes and settled on drafting classes, which he took all through high school. He even won a state-wide drafting contest for a drawing that he worked on over the course of a year. On the advice of his high school drafting teacher, he attended Poly Cal for college, and though he wasn’t originally admitted as an architecture major, he showed up for architecture classes and eventually was able to make the shift and graduate as an architecture major.
Luke knows the importance of adult mentors in the lives of children, and has sought to give back by volunteering with Architects in Schools. Luke is also well known for his superior networking skills and ability to bring people together.
Luke has worked in a number of different jobs and most recently underwent a career transition. Today, he’s a real estate broker with Keller Williams. He emphasizes that the lessons learned in architecture school are applicable across a broad range of careers and that there’s no need to focus solely on architecture firms to utilize those architectural skills.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode
- What inspired Luke to pursue a career in architecture
- Luke’s experiences in architecture school
- How the housing market crash and recession affected Luke’s choices after architecture school
- How Luke ended up working in Portland
- Luke’s networking skills
- How Luke got involved in Architects in Schools
- Some of Luke’s experiences working with Architects in Schools
- How Luke found Marathon Scholars
- How architects can make a difference through volunteering
- What networking means and looks like to Luke
- The Portland Seven
- Luke’s recent career transition
- Luke’s work as a real estate broker
- Luke’s advice for aspiring architects
- What Luke knows now that he didn’t know then
- A book that changed everything for Luke
- Luke’s best timesaving tricks
- Where to find Luke online
Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode
- You can make a difference by volunteering and mentoring young people.
- Empathizing with people and understanding what is valuable to them are critical networking skills.
- An architecture firm isn’t the only place to put an architectural education to good use.
Luke Arehart’s Advice for Aspiring Architects
“Your education as an architect has a vast and amazing array of applications. It may feel like in school you have to be at a firm, you have to be an intern, but there are so many amazing, amazing places for you to land that you can flex your architectural muscle just as hard as you can at a firm. I mean there’s people that have gone into product design – that’s just a nature of scale, a building vs. a product. There’s people who have gone into shoe design. Just realizing that, because I didn’t see that getting out. Like, I only saw firms. Architecture firm, architecture job. Like I wasn’t ever looking at compositional designer, anything else. So that’s my advice, just to keep an eye out for the different options, when you’re searching job boards don’t always type in “intern” or “architect”.
“What I know today that I didn’t know back then is that things take time.” –Luke Arehart on what he knows today that he didn’t know back then
“It’s this classic look at how we experience intimate places.” –Luke Arehart on The Poetics of Space, the book that changed everything for him.
“There’s time, and there’s being present. So I’m able to be in the moment.” –Luke Arehart on his best timesaving trick
Resources Mentioned in the Show
Luke on Instagram