CTA architect Amy Lindgren has never looked back from her life as an architect, but that doesn’t mean she saw it coming.
First, some backstory. Amy had what sounds like a fairly typical Wyoming childhood: her father worked for a coal mining company just over the Montana state line, and she did her best to spend as much time as possible careening down mountains with skis on her feet.
When it came time for college, Amy chose to go to Montana State University in Bozeman. This was partially because she was able to snag in-state tuition, but mostly due to the fact that it had better skiing than her other options. After a year of general courses, she realized her heart was in photography, so she applied for MSU’s strong photography program and was accepted! Her life was set: she would study photography and live out her days taking photos between ski trips to Big Sky.
The universe (and the university) had other plans for her. One day, she was notified the school didn’t have any record of her admittance to the photography program; they had lost her acceptance letter. Devastated and lost, Amy turned this minor tragedy into a new opportunity. A good friend encouraged her to apply to MSU’s architecture program, assuring her it had a lot of the same appeal as photography, and that at the very least, she’d almost definitely make more money. Fast forward a few years and Amy stands in a cap and gown, two Architecture degrees in hand, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, finally ready to charge head-on into…