A woman who loves architecture and design, loves her state of Montana and will do what it takes to see everything around her inclusively grow.
Architect | Owner
RESTOR design + build
- Design / Marketing
- Public Speaking
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Serving on a Board
- Leadership Opportunities
- Investment Opportunities
Architecture, Design, Marketing, Consulting, Construction, Networking, Community Outreach, Volunteering
I pride myself on having good instincts, following them, and doing my best to connect those people, places and things that will have the greatest symbiotic impact. I love nothing more than putting myself in the position of helping others help each other, because I know what will have the largest impact (for me, for others, for our community) are those connections that make each separate entity better together. I’m a passionate leader who tells it straight for greatest impact, but also does my best to be straightforward with grace and respect.
I volunteer on several boards here in Billings – Downtown Billings Partnership, Downtown Billings Association (current Chairwoman of the Board), Downtown Development Committee, Pocketpark & Alleyscapes Committee Chair, Billings NOW Leadership Group, Billings Preservation Society (Moss Mansion).
I’ve organized design competitions, fundraisers, and charity events. But honestly, the things I find to have the most impact and be the most fulfilling have been working with others in my community to directly help with economic growth and revitalization. The most recent example of this is the Battle of the Plans competition that had its first year in 2016. Lisa Harmon, DBA Executive Director is a friend and mentor of mine that had a dream to start this program in Downtown Billings and last year she made it happen with the help of the DBA, Big Sky ED, and the SBDC (Small Business Development Center). It has the following goals:
- To attract and support new and expanding business to the Downtown Billings TIFD and strengthen our
already established business base.
2. Showcase the broad variety of business opportunities in the Downtown Billings TIFD.
3. Fill available retail space with new businesses that complement the existing tenant mix and highlight the
potential for businesses to stand out.
It has been such a wonderful , that is just getting started – it highlights what people have a passion for and what we could have in Downtown Billings. One of the best things about it has been our opportunity to partner directly with Big Sky ED and SBDC in Billings to showcase what they do and connect even more people that want to open a business, to the appropriate resources.
How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse
You need anything – there really are no limits to my abilities to help – if I can’t do it, I know who to contact. Mentorship, volunteering, service encouragement, education, speaking opportunities, etc.
And on a not completely unrelated note, I was nicknamed “powerhouse” in high school; it was even on my license plate – I will have to dig up a photo or find the plates one of these days 🙂
My most challenging leadership role has been starting an architect-led design+build firm. I was not being fulfilled in my career working for anyone else; I had learned as much as I could and made connections but it became apparent to me, that I worked best when I was free to make decisions about how I spent my time, who my clients were, and the projects I took on. I would have loved to have been able to be a part of an office revolution and change the tradition I saw being perpetuated in the architectural firms around me and that I worked for, but I could not seem to make the impact I wanted. I want to work and meet with other woman that have seen the same struggles and figure out how we can make a difference. I do not want every woman to feel like they have to leave their job to feel validated, and some women simply are not afforded that luxury depending on their career, personal life, etc. But I do want to tackle how to talk about our work life/home life balance and strategies and support for having those tough conversations – wage gap, glass ceiling, mutual work place respect, etc. with women across all industries.
With the support of my amazing husband, who is the “build” to my design, we took the leap and we are making our way in the world on our terms. It is hard and challenging, and it will take time and patience and perseverance to get to where we want to be, but we want to get there. We are passionate about the impact that architectural design and construction have on a community and how the skills and experience we have so much more to offer than bringing a pretty space back to life. With our work we want to create hope and growth, community pride and spirit; we want to bring jobs and people and families to our cities and towns – so the things we create will be the change that makes a community unique and lasting and resilient.
Our company is called “RESTOR” for a reason, it applies to all the things we hold dear. There is so much in this world that is here and beautiful, often overlooked, and we want to bring whatever that is – a piece of furniture, a vintage trailer, a home, a building, a community, one’s spirit, one’s inspiration – back to life. It is an infectious way to live and be and that is what I think women are uniquely qualified and gifted with – bringing life into the world, in whatever form that is. We need more of that.