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Amber Banks

Architect
Cromwell Architects Engineers

While studying architecture at the University of Arkansas, I began interning at Cromwell Architects Engineers, which led to a full-time position upon graduation. As a licensed architect, I have the opportunity to work on diverse project types, create connections within our community and lead student outreach efforts that promote exploration into the architecture and design, engineering and construction industries.

PRESSING QUESTIONS

Best advice I ever received

Choose a career that you love, and you will never have to go to work.

Best career moment so far

Officially receiving my architectural license in March of 2021.

What keeps me coming back to my job every day

I enjoy working with our client to find design solutions, discovering interior spaces and simply competing with my husband who is also a designer.

The one thing I wish people knew about my field

It typically takes designers countless hours and design iterations to produce the final design that we present. What may appear to be a small change, simply may not be.

The first thing I do to course-correct when I hit a wall

I step away, take a break and refocus.

How I knew this was my passion

The first time that I experienced a client's appreciation, it was a gentle reminder that all of the tireless hours of work were worth it for that singular moment.

What I learned from my first job

Always ask questions

One practice I use to maintain my mental health

Prayer

IT'S ALL IN THE DETAILS

Hometown

Little Rock

I can't start my day until

Check the news on my phone

Hobbies

DIY projects, reading and spending time with my family

Binge watch

"The Last of Us"

Last good read

"Black Like Me" by John Howard Griffin

Favorite meal in town

The Root Café Hotmaker Burger

Best recent local discovery

Bennett's Casual Dining in Sherwood

Latest splurge

Concert tickets to see Beyonce in Houston

Most-used app

A fun game

Dream vacation

Travel back to Italy

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