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CReativity at Work: Rebecca Greenlee

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If you get to know our people, you get to know CR. So say hello to Rebecca Greenlee, a Technical Associate who recently celebrated her 5th anniversary with CR!

Q: If you weren’t in the architecture field, what would you be doing?
A: Choreographing? Graphic design? Teaching design studio? I’ve learned my lesson not to stray from creative work.

Q: Do you have any advice for architecture students or young professionals?
A: Take advantage of as many internship opportunities as possible in order to find a firm or a type of firm that really resonates with you. When you come out of school you’ll have a good idea of which direction to head and there won’t be as much trial and error.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in Denver?
A: Spontaneous family dance parties that take place anywhere from the living room to the grocery store.

Q: What’s your favorite project that you’ve been a part of?
A: Before CR, I was able to work on a number of one-off restaurants and night clubs, taking them all the way from schematics to the actual millwork fabrication and installation. That was a blast. Here at CR, the Autograph Hotel was my all-time favorite project. For me, there’s nothing like bringing the old and the new together to produce something that you can’t find anywhere else.

Q: What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job?
A: Besides my teammates and my other close friends here, I get so moved with the idea of creating unique places that bring life and pride to their local communities. A hotel like the Autograph will revitalize the entire area surrounding it. What could be more special?

Q: Who is your alter-ego?
A: Hands down, Twyla Tharp – choreographer, author, genius. The lady is fierce. An inspiration for ANYONE whether or not they believe themselves to be creative.

Q: What’s the most valuable lesson or piece of advice a teammate or mentor has taught you?
A: Your past experiences (in my case, dance and physiology) can be your biggest assets in design. They serve as the lens through which you see and understand design and will produce results that are thoughtful, fresh and unexpected.

Q: What does sustainable design mean to you?
A: I read an article many years ago putting a Rolls-Royce up against a Prius in the realm of sustainability. The author argued that while the Rolls wasn’t your typical “green” mobile, it was rarely something you’d see cast into the junk yard. Their owners cherished their cars forever. That article made me realize that creating something that could be cherished for generations to come was more important to me than simply checking off some boxes for the sake of being green. I truly believe that great design and green design aren’t mutually exclusive; however, if I had to choose, I’d go with the Rolls every time.

Stay tuned for our next expression of #CReativityAtWork!


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