Gregory Minott says that he didn’t really know what an architect was or what they did when he was growing up. However, he did have a lot of experiences and influences that pointed him in the direction of architecture as a career.
In the area of Jamaica where Greg grew up, there were frequently new homes being constructed, and one of the things that he liked to do as a child was to explore the construction sites, watch the homes being built, and imagine what they’d look like when they were completed. Gregory enjoyed subjects like art, math, physics, and business while he was in school. His father was a chemical engineer, and his mother was a real estate broker. He would sometimes accompany his mother to visit real estate that she was selling, which increased his interest in building and designing.
Eventually, Gregory’s father gave him a book of potential careers and told him that it was time to start thinking about what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Greg landed on architecture. So, after finishing high school, Greg went to Kingston to study at the Caribbean school of architecture.
In today’s episode, Greg talks about what he did when he finished school, why he decided to move to the US for his master’s degree, and what the licensing process was like for him. He also explains how he decided that it was time to start his own firm and what kinds of projects he was interested in working on.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode
- Gregory’s childhood
- The experiences and influences that led Gregory to architecture school
- What happened for Gregory after architecture school
- How Gregory decided to leave Jamaica to move to Newark to get his masters
- Gregory’s introduction to the US
- How Gregory started his own firm
- What Gregory’s early projects looked like
- What getting licensed was like for Gregory
- Gregory’s feelings about entrepreneurship
- How Gregory’s firm is involved in development
- Gregory’s experience rising through the ranks of architecture as a black man in the US
- Gregory’s advice for aspiring architects
- What Gregory knows now that he didn’t know then
- The book that changed everything for Gregory
- Gregory’s favorite gadget
- Gregory’s best timesaving trick
- Where listeners can find Gregory online
Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode
- We are all a collection of our experiences and influences.
- Look for ways to solve the problems that you care about.
- Don’t take your professional relationships for granted.
Gregory Minott’s Advice for Aspiring Architects
“I’d say, just be yourself.”
“I didn’t realize how much relationships mattered back then.” –Gregory Minott on what he knows today that he didn’t know back then
“The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson.” –Gregory Minott on the book that changed everything
“I like Pinterest because it’s cook, it’s just an easy way to get juices flowing on a project.” –Gregory Minott on his favorite resource, product, or gadget.”
“Bullet points, for me.” –Gregory Minott on his best timesaving trick.
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