Creating Gracious Spaces and an Architecture Career That Gives Back


The architecture industry can be a difficult one to break into. From receiving the proper certifications and honing your technical acumen to truly understanding a society's infrastructural needs, becoming an architect requires a great amount of duress. 

Terry Beaubois, Architect and Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering, recently shared his experiences as a seasoned architect and also offered valuable advice on how to succeed in an industry that is constantly evolving.

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Creating Gracious Spaces and an Architecture Career That Gives Back

Terry Beaubois, Architect and Lecturer

Currently a lecturer at Stanford University, Beaubois has a world of architectural experience under his belt. With over thirty years in the field of architecture and advanced technology, he possesses a cultivated understanding of the professional practice. After receiving his Masters in Architecture at the University of Michigan, Beaubois went on to execute several projects ranging from research to design to education. 

With architectural education being a passion for Beaubois, he chose to dedicate himself to teaching through the implementation of the Creative Research Lab at Montana State University. Not only did he actively teach classes that were centralized around sustainable community management and engineering, he also worked as the Interim Director of the MSU Digital Scholarship Center. This program allowed for students to gain access to the necessary education required to follow their career aspirations. 

“I’ve always felt that architecture isn’t linear.”

Beaubois discusses his experience in explaining what architecture truly encompasses to the younger generation in public schools and how this type of hands-on education led many of these students to enter the field of urban/regional planning. For him, it is imperative that those pursuing the field understand that architecture does have a start and finish and that the journey between those points is dynamic. He refers to this process as “iterating”. 

For Beaubois, the transfer of knowledge is a pivotal interaction between people. He states that really knowing something occurs through these types of interactions rather than simply assigning readings or quizzes. His passion for designing buildings stems from the idea that improving the quality of life for people is a top priority. To foster this passion, one must truly understand and absorb others’ deepest needs or desires. 

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