October Student Member of the Month | Kaela Burmeister

kaela_headshotKaela Burmeister

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Where do you attend school and what type of design work would you like to pursue?

I attend Iowa State University and would like to pursue  Education or Commercial design work. I am interested in looking into how the experiences of space can help individuals focus and learn better.

Why did you choose the design/construction field?

I was interested at first in creating something. Later, I realized I want that something to be an impactful experience for all users.

What motivates you to work towards a career in design/construction?

My motivation comes from the desire to better the experiences of built space. I also am always curious in continuing to learn how people use spaces and why they chose certain spaces over others.

What is the best advice you have received?

Don’t forget about life. Design and the field of architecture is stressful and demanding; however, don’t give up involvement or other passions. It is who you are and how you live your life that shape your passions and designs.

How has Iowa Women in Architecture influenced you?

I try and keep an open mind, and I enjoy speaking with professionals and being able to connect with them. Iowa Women in Architecture has assured me that women are just as major a part of Architecture as men and in that, I am not afraid to share my thoughts and ideas with employers and co-workers in the future.