Julia Jack remembers that when she was a child, she liked to make things. She even recalls building a cell phone out of wood. But as she grew into her teen years, architecture wasn’t on her mind – she wanted to become a ballet dancer.
However, Julia says, she didn’t have the physique needed to make it as a professional dancer. She had to find something else that she was interested in to study and pursue as a career. This took some time because she needed to let go of her dream of dancing. Eventually, due to her interest in both art and math, she settled on architecture.
Julia attended architecture school, but afterward, what she really wanted to be was a stay-at-home mother. She worked for a while, then took time off to stay home with her kids, then returned to work. Over the course of her professional life, she’s worked in a number of different industries related to her field – interior design, architecture, project management, and even construction employment.
In today’s episode, Julia discusses her varied career and the types of knowledge she’s gained from it. She discusses her role as a product manager and how she likes working on the owner’s rep side of things. She also talks about her upcoming keynote speech for the Young Architects Winter Series and her experience with the ARE boot camp.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode
- What inspired Julia to go into architecture
- Julia’s professional trajectory
- The types of work Julia has done
- The importance of a good team
- Julia’s experience with the architect exam
- How the boot camp helped Julia
- Julia’s insights about building a team and working collaboratively
- Julia’s role as a project manager
- How Julia likes working on the owner’s rep side of things
- What Julia will be talking about in her speech for the Young Architects Winter Series
- The importance of understanding why you’re doing things
- Julia’s advice for aspiring architects
- What Julia knows now that she didn’t know then
- The book that changed everything for Julia
- Julia’s favorite resource, product, or gadget
- Where listeners can find Julia online
Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode
- There are no stupid questions
- Do the things you have to do to get to what you want to do
- Who you are is important
Julia Jack’s Advice for Aspiring Architects
“One, I would say ask a lot of questions. Never think that there’s any stupid questions. And maybe your mom told you that, or your teacher told you that. And maybe some people told you don’t ask so many questions. But ask them anyway. Because even when you get experience, I still ask questions. I ask questions that I may know because you might have a different perspective on the same thing that I think I know and maybe I don’t know it as much. Or maybe there’s a different perspective. So never stop asking questions, no matter how much experience you get. And, other people like to know that you care about what they’re thinking and about what they know. So that also could go into being a more… to lead by allowing.”
“Myself.” –Julia Jack on what she knows today that she didn’t know back then
“I would say it is The Magic by Rhonda Byrne.” –Julia Jack on the book that changed everything
“There’s nothing you can’t figure out how to do on YouTube.” –Julia Jack on her favorite resource or gadget
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