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Take advantage of what you are given: Architect Deryl Patterson talks about being a woman in a male-dominated career

from Builder

As a female architect working in a male-dominant housing industry, I might be expected to tell stories of trials and tribulations of how hard it was to break into the industry and make a name for myself. On the contrary, I find my gender to be a distinct advantage in homebuilding. OK, maybe not at first. Starting out fresh out of college was intimidating, though that largely came down to being a new face in a very established industry. Initially, there might have been a time where I wanted to blend in and be seen as “one of the guys," but I quickly learned that people rarely get ahead by blending in (especially designers!). more

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