Growing up in Queens in the 80s, Glen Urena didn’t have any idea that he wanted to become an architect. In fact, what he wanted to do at the time was play baseball.
It was a visit to a school of architecture before he graduated high school that gave Glen his first view of what learning about architecture could be like. He was particularly impressed with what he observed of the studio experience and the collaborative atmosphere that he saw there.
In today’s episode, Glen explains what architecture school was like for him, what he did after architecture school, and how he transitioned into his own business. You’ll also hear him discuss the ARE boot camp, the Young Architect conference, and what he sees next in his own future.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
- What inspired Glen to go into architecture
- What architecture school was like for Glen
- What happened for Glen after school
- How Glen got into the permitting world
- How Glen transitioned to his own business
- What Glen sees next on the horizon
- How Glen found the ARE boot camp
- Glen’s first Young Architect Conference
- Glen’s advice for aspiring architects
- What Glen knows today that he didn’t know then
- The book that changed everything for Glen
- Glen’s favorite resource, product, or gadget
- Glen’s best time saving trick
- The best way to connect with Glen
Top Three Takeaways from This Episode:
- Relationships you make along the way dictate what you will become.
- Friends are important.
- Enjoy every minute and all the people around you.
Glen’s Advice for Aspiring Architects:
“Meet as many people as you can. Network. Networking… you have no idea how far that can take you.”
“Enjoy the people that are around you.” – What Glen knows now that he didn’t know then.
“I’m also big into a lot of the self-help books – Atomic Habits is one I really enjoyed.” –The book that changed everything for Glen
“That light pad, man, I can’t live without that.” –Glen on his favorite resource, product, or gadget
“You know what saves me a lot of time? Siri saves me a lot of time.” –Glen on his best time-saving trick
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