Chris Gutierrez can remember being good at math and geometry even as far back as 5th or 6th grade. He also liked these subjects and knew that he had good spatial awareness as well. Becoming an architect was a natural choice for him, so after high school, he attended Penn State and earned his Bachelor of Architecture.
In today’s episode, Chris talks about what happened after architecture school – what jobs he tried and what types of roles he held in those jobs. He details the journey that led him to his current position, what he does now, and why he feels passionate about his work.
He also talks about becoming licensed and how studying for the licensing exams helped him better understand things that he needed to know for the practice of architecture in the real world. Chris talks about the types of projects he’s working on now and how he and his job have been affected by COVID-19 and the accompanying shutdowns and quarantines.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode
- What inspired Chris to become an architect
- What happened after Chris graduated from college
- Whether studying for licensing exams helped Chris understand the practice of architecture
- What happened after Chris got his license
- Chris’s different roles at work
- What Chris’s projects look like
- How the coronavirus quarantines have affected Chris
- Chris’s advice for aspiring architects
- What Chris knows now that he didn’t know then
- The book that changed everything for Chris
- The resource that Chris can’t live without
- What Chris knows now that she didn’t know then
- Where listeners can find Chris
Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode
- Think about what can happen in the future and how to protect yourself.
- Don’t underestimate the importance of staying organized
- Know when to take a break
Chris Gutierrez’s Advice for Aspiring Architects
“For me, it’s always about what’s next and what can happen next and how to protect myself.”
“I think I always knew it, but I don’t think I always understood the importance of it, but it’s staying organized.” –Chris Gutierrez on what he knows today that he didn’t know back then
“I think my recommendation would be How to Win Friends and Influence People.” – Chris Gutierrez on the book that changed everything
“I really cannot live without my standing desk.” – Chris Gutierrez on the resource he can’t live without
“My advice is sometimes you need to understand when to take a break.” – Chris Gutierrez on his best time-saving trick