Makayla Natrop


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

I attend Iowa State University studying as a fourth-year student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Architecture.

Why did you choose the design/construction field?

I first started college as an engineering major because I’ve always been interested in math, science and problem solving. However, a year into pursuing a civil engineering degree I decided there wasn’t enough design opportunity within the profession. Thus, I switched my major mid semester to architecture. Architecture was the perfect mix of design and problem solving. This past year I’ve been working as an undergraduate researcher exploring different potentials for fabrics in architecture through digital fabrication. This type of architecture research work has been evident in my studio projects with interactive environmental design for facades.

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

Creating spaces is a very direct and beautiful way of invoking an emotional response and thought. What I’ve always been interest in is the story, the expression, the experience of places; something I wish to do in my career is promote thought about an important discussion, and idea or social problem for the people that interact with the spaces I design.

What is the best advice you have received?

“The best moments come out of moments of being uncomfortable; Don’t let fear stop you, don’t let hardship stop you, don’t let someone else stop you… You endured and something beautiful came out of it.” - Kale Paulsen

How has Iowa Women in Architecture influenced you?

Iowa Women in Architecture has been in an influence in connecting me with other women in architecture. I currently serve as secretary for the Iowa State iaWia organization. In our degree, it has been historically male dominant; however, being able to hear and share the successes of other women in this field has created a support system for women.

See a sample of Makayla's work HERE.