Christina Girerd Loud, Architect
From 1989 to 1992, I was the CAD Manager for Spencer Associates in Palo Alto, CA. In addition to developing and organizing the firm's CAD capabilities, I worked on a variety of projects, including a new 200,000 SF Humanities Building for San Francisco State University. Other local firms I have worked for include DES Associates in Redwood City and Carter/Cody Associates in Palo Alto.
While attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, I participated in the early years of the CAD revolution by beta-testing CAD software and completing the Architecture Department's first computer drafted senior project - an office park on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, CA.
That's the end of the professional blurb. Here are some comments just for fun about my earlier preparations for this career...
I began with extensive block-building in my toddler years and designing houses for my dolls during elementary school. As a family, we toured partly built houses on the weekends and my father would quiz me on which rooms were which, with only studs and rough plumbing showing. In junior high, I took architectural drafting and completed my first set of residential working drawings - all of four pages! (And no, sorry, you can't get your project through the city with only four pages anymore...) In 8th grade, after listening to a visiting architect, I decided I wanted to be an architect and attend Cal Poly. Some summers, I assisted my father in his construction and estimating business. I continued to take architectural drafting classes in high school and doodled innumerable floor plans on graph paper during the rest of my classes. The bottom line - I really enjoy what I do!