Often, the story behind architects is that they always knew that they want to become an architect or they got inspired to become an architect because they knew someone in the field and saw their work. But Gloria Kloter says that wasn’t her story.
While Gloria did have a relative who started but didn’t finish architecture school, she says that she wasn’t close to him or inspired by him. She did know that she always loved art, drawing, and poetry, which she says is related to architecture in her mind. As a young child, she also enjoyed playing with dolls and creating spaces for them out of the materials at hand.
In high school, a friend of Gloria’s who was a little ahead of her in school went to college and started out in architecture school. Because Gloria visited her often, she saw the kind of work that her friend was doing. And while the architecture work was very difficult for the friend, Gloria’s problem-solving brain kicked in and she saw potential solutions. That’s when she decided to give architecture a try.
In today’s podcast, Gloria talks about working through college, graduating and starting her own business in the Dominican Republic, coming to the United States, and becoming a licensed architect here. Listen to what she has to say about the process for architects transferring from the DR to the US, taking the AREs, and deciding to start a business with her husband. You’ll also hear about what it’s like for her to manage her architectural career, her business, and parenthood.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
- What inspired Gloria to pursue a career in architecture
- Gloria’s architecture school experience
- What kinds of projects Gloria had early on
- Gloria’s experiences teaching
- What it was like for Gloria to come to the United States
- Translating licensing or registration between the US and the DR
- Gloria’s AREs
- How Gloria got into the ARE boot camp
- What failing exams meant for Gloria
- How Gloria and her husband started a business
- The importance of talking to other business owners
- How to juggle a business, an architecture career, and parenthood
- Gloria’s advice for aspiring architects
- What Gloria knows now that she didn’t know then
- The book that changed everything for Gloria
- Gloria’s favorite resource, product, or gadget
- Gloria’s best timesaving trick
- How listeners can find Gloria
Top Three Takeaways from This Episode:
- Look at failure as an opportunity to learn and do better.
- Remember you don’t have to know everything.
- Understand the resources you have in your community.
Gloria’s Advice for Aspiring Architects:
“There’s many things I can tell, but I think the main advice I will give is to really discover your own definition of success. Many people think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, but really the grass is greener where you water it.”
“I think what I know today that I didn’t know back then is I don’t need to do everything on my own.” – What Gloria knows now that she didn’t know then.
“If I think about the AREs – I think it’s important because this is the Young Architect Podcast – I will say that one of the books was written was your book that helped with the ARE.” –The book that changed everything for Gloria
“I will say one as a parent is Nova’s room camera that is on top of her bed.” –Gloria on her favorite resource, product, or gadget
“I think, and this is an obvious one, is put your phone away because we can get really distracted with it and if we’re trying to work and get focused, at some point we just need to put it away and do what we need to get done.” –Gloria on her best time-saving trick