The Nontraditional Architecture Student with Becky Fuller

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Becky Fuller  

Becky didn’t plan on becoming an architect. As a child, she decided after watching an awards show that she wanted to become an actress, and she spent most of her childhood working toward that career. When she graduated high school, she applied to college as a theater major, with a minor in music and dance. Her intention was to act in films and on Broadway.  

However, ultimately, Becky did not become an actress. She left college after only one year, got married, and started a family. She fell into a career in marketing that was going well until the recession hit. In 2009, she found herself without a job and with few prospects. Without a college degree, her resume didn’t reflect her actual skills.  

Becky decided to work toward a career in social media marketing, which was working for her until she moved to a place where her internet access was less than ideal. At that point, she decided to try her hand at writing a novel. She began working on a novel about a girl that discovers Atlantis, and she needed to design Atlantis for her book. Becky began looking at our architecture for ideas about how she would design a utopian Atlantis. She describes her interest in the subject as a kind of obsession, and she explains that she decided to return to school to learn about architecture and innovation in architecture. At the time, Becky’s oldest child was looking at colleges and Becky decided to start looking as well.  

In today’s interview, Becky talks about what it was like to be an older adult in a college program, her experiences with architecture school, and what it’s been like to study for the AREs. Listen in to hear about the kinds of things that Becky is working on now and what she’s learned about being an architect.  

What You’ll Hear on This Episode  

  • What inspired Becky to pursue a career in architecture 
  • How architecture school went for Becky 
  • What it was like to be an older student among younger classmates 
  • What Becky is working on now 
  • How the AREs are going for Becky 
  • Becky’s study group 
  • Becky’s advice for aspiring architects 
  • What Becky knows now that he didn’t know then 
  • The book that changed everything for Becky 
  • The resource that Becky can’t live without 
  • Where listeners can find Becky 

Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode 

  1. Always think about what’s best for your career. 
  2. Don’t let yourself be discouraged by what other people say or do. 
  3. Work on creating processes and refining them over time. 

Becky Fuller’s Advice for Aspiring Architects 

“I would say my best piece of advice is to always think about what’s best for you and your career.” 

Favorite Quotes 

“Architects have a lot less control over what we can and cannot do than I anticipated.” –Becky Fuller on what she knows today that she didn’t know back then 

“Whenever I’m struggling with something, I will go back and read The Lord of the Rings.” Becky Fuller on the book that changed everything 

“My absolute favorite resource – I have it right here because it’s never far from me – is my bullet journal.” Becky Fuller on the resource she can’t live without 

“My best timesaving trick is to create a process.” Becky Fuller on her best time-saving trick 

Resources Mentioned in the Show: 

Becky on LinkedIn 
Becky on Facebook 


Michael Riscica

Michael Riscica is a Licensed Architect, and the creator of Young Architect, an online platform and community dedicated to helping the next generation of Architects become the most successful generation of Architects. 
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