Conversations with the Inspiring Aimee Sanborn

April 29, 2019
MAA 2018 Statler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aimee Sanborn.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Aimee. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I joined the firm in 2005 straight out of grad school. After the first interview, I knew it was a personable place with plenty of passion for the profession. Excited that I would have the opportunity to be a part of the downtown resurgence, I accepted the position and never looked back. Fourteen years later, I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of such a talented architectural firm with genuinely wonderful people.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The profession of architecture is shifting from a male-dominated field quite rapidly. I’m thrilled to see so many talented young women enter the profession. For any career field, it is vital to be intentional with your career. Know where you want to go and map a plan for how to get there. Assess your goals regularly and determine if you are on the most direct path. Surround yourself with people you admire, people you can confide in and people who will be honest with you.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I’m a Principal and Team Leader at Merriman Anderson/Architects. I also lead the LEED initiatives for our firm.

Recent work includes the Old Dallas High School project in downtown Dallas. The building dates back to 1907 and is one of the most prominent landmarks in the city. It’s one of the oldest institutional buildings on the local school district property list and remained in continuous use until September 1995. It remained vacant for two decades, and we restored it to provide tenant/office space and restaurant/retail use.

I am proud of our firm’s variety of expertise and project experience including historic building renovations, multi-family buildings, industrial facilities, office space, food and beverage venues, among other types of work.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
I’ve found the Harvard Business Review books to be incredibly helpful. It’s my go-to if I’m struggling with an issue. Ted Talks and Hacking Your Leadership podcast are always fun and great on the run.

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Image Credits: James Steinkamp Photography, AG Media, Allison McLean