Arts & Humanities
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies
Master of Science in Architecture
Keith Conrad knew when he was 10 years old that he wanted to be an architect. He studied architecture as an undergraduate, earning a bachelor’s in architectural studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1982 and staying on for two years to earn a master’s degree in architecture. After working as an architect on several different projects in the Colorado area, he’s currently a managing principal at Powers Brown Architecture in Denver. He recently was an adjunct professor in the Construction Management Department at Westwood College, too.
Why did you decide to study architecture at the bachelor’s, and then master’s, levels?
I’ve always wanted to be an architect since I was 10 years old. I went on for my master’s because we were in a recession when I graduated with my bachelor’s of science, so I stayed in school for two more years hoping the economy would get better after I got my master’s. I also hoped to teach architecture someday.
What are the most valuable skills you gained through your education?
Be flexible, be a good listener, adapt, adjust, and move on. Donít be afraid to take chances. Everyone screws up; just donít make the same mistake twice in a row.
How has your education influenced your career?
It has taught me to be more attentive to details and learn the value of networking.
Architecture seems like a field that’s continually changing and advancing. How do you continue to stay abreast of the field and its best and current practices?
Through networking and talking to my colleagues regularly.
What are your goals as an educator in the architecture field?
To prepare my students for the future and how to network and adapt to changes in the economy and still stay employed.
What advice would you give to potential architecture students?
Learn to network, learn Revit, become LEED certified, and be flexible.