Teaching and Learning with Elizabeth Lockwood

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Elizabeth Lockwood

Elizabeth Lockwood feels that she developed her interest in interior design as early as her middle school years. She credits her parents with giving her a taste for it early on and teaching her to talk about her environments and their design in casual conversation from an early age.

Elizabeth points out that there are many possible aspects of interior design that a person could get involved in. She herself says that she took CAD classes in high school and generally gravitated toward more creative aspects of the field.

Elizabeth attended the University of Oregon and enrolled in the interior architecture program. Elizabeth was in good company there, because 60% of her high school ended up there as well. Elizabeth considered other colleges, but this one had the program that she wanted the most.

In today’s episode, Elizabeth discusses what happened when she graduated from school, how she ended up teaching about design, and how her experiences teaching other skills, like figure skating and skiing, factored into her career.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode  

  • How Elizabeth got into interior design
  • Where Elizabeth went to interior design school
  • Elizabeth’s internships during school
  • What happened for Elizabeth after school
  • Benefits of working in a large office
  • How Elizabeth got started teaching design
  • What Elizabeth appreciates about being a lifelong learner
  • How Elizabeth’s experiences teaching skiing and figure skating impacted her teaching interior design
  • Elizabeth’s podcast
  • Elizabeth’s advice for aspiring architects
  • What Elizabeth knows now that he didn’t know then
  • Elizabeth’s favorite resource, product, or gadget
  • Elizabeth’s best timesaving trick
  • Where listeners can find Elizabeth online

Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode

  1.   Don’t underestimate the importance of lifelong learning.
  2.   Find the area of your field that you’re most passionate about.
  3.   Learn how to be very patient.

Elizabeth’s Advice for Aspiring Architects

“I was told early on in my career, “this is a field that you have to be extremely passionate about, or you’re not going to make it.” And I think for everyone that’s a different passion. Some people love connecting with clients. Some love detailing. Some like specification writing. I mean there’s so many different elements and avenues to go into this field.

Favorite Quotes

“I would say majority of my job now is more about the relationships than it is about the technical aspect of it.”  –Elizabeth on what she knows today that she didn’t know back then

 “I have to say personally, it’s my yoga mat.” –Elizabeth on her favorite resource or gadget

“I would say that my quick tip is detail lines are your best friend.” –Elizabeth on her best timesaving trick

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