The Melody of Design with Cam Featherstonhaugh

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Cam Featherstonhaugh

Cam considered a few different career paths before college. He thought of becoming a musician, but didn’t believe that he’d be able to pay the bills in that career. He also entertained the idea of becoming an engineer, and that seemed like a more reasonable career path, despite the amount of math required. 

Then, Cam attended a career fair and happened across a table for the architecture program. He was struck by the wooden models displayed at the table and remembered how much he enjoyed building models as a child. 

That was the turning point for Cam. He decided to study architecture instead of engineering and enrolled at Norwich University. 

In today’s episode, Cam talks about his start in the architecture world and what he’s working on now, as well as his involvement with CSI and how that unfolded. He also discusses the importance of interdisciplinary cooperation and involvement in a community and touches on the intersection of architecture and music. 

What You’ll Hear on This Episode  

  • What inspired Cam to pursue architecture
  • What architecture school was like for Cam
  • What happened after school was over for Cam
  • Cam’s first experience working for an architecture firm
  • What Cam’s current firm focuses on
  • How Cam got involved with CSI
  • How Cam’s involvement with CSI has escalated
  • The benefits of CSI for emerging professionals
  • The differences between art and architecture
  • How music plays into Cam’s life as a practicing architect
  • Cam’s advice for aspiring architects
  • What Cam knows now that he didn’t know then
  • The book that changed everything for Cam
  • Cam’s favorite resource
  • Cam’s best timesaving trick
  • Where listeners can find Cam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode

  1. Respect the value of interdisciplinary perspectives
  2. Architecture is a practice of discovery
  3. Get involved with your community

Cam Featherstonhaugh’s Advice for Aspiring Architects

 “Get involved with an organization you’re passionate about.”

 Favorite Quotes

“What I know today that I didn’t know back then is that you don’t get paid a lot, as an architect. It’s a labor of love.” –Cam Featherstonhaugh on what he knows today that he didn’t know back then

“There’s a great book that I read called Year Million.” Cam Featherstonhaugh on the book that changed everything

“Maybe this sounds corny, but my favorite resource is really my CSI network.” Cam Featherstonhaugh on the resource he can’t live without.

“Now I’m able to reach people through basically professional social media, like, instantly.” Cam Featherstonhaugh on his best timesaving trick.

Resources Mentioned in the Show:

Cam Featherstonhaugh

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