What was your first job?
I started working for myself after I founded a residential interior design and contracting start up back home in 11th grade. I designed homes, made bills, got suppliers, managed deliveries on site, coordinated with contractors and made sure I received payments, all alongside high school.
What’s your spirit animal?
A Golden Retriever. Always cheerful, eager to work/play, and dependable!
What advice would you give to your forty-year-old self?
Don’t be another boring 40-year-old, you can do better! Don’t let the sparks die out! Retain the same energy you had when you were 21! Still be energetic enough to take on the world!
What’s your ideal superpower?
Convincing anyone about anything! That would solve every problem ever.
Who inspires you?
Bjarke Ingels. He made our profession approachable, eliminated the snobbery and “club” culture and boiled architecture down to what it is : “Problem Solving”. He is to architecture what Gordon Ramsey is to cooking.
What’s your biggest regret?
Being on the computer too much as a kid, not playing outside more, not getting dirty.
Coffee or tea?
A staunch “chai” person, not “chai tea lattes”. Just a strong cup of chai with cardamom, ginger and some spices.