How to Be with Phoebe Lam
Design Voice Podcast
February 6, 2019
Photo courtesy William Duff Architects
College of Environmental Design alumna Phoebe Lam (B.Arch. ‘04) was recently featured on the Design Voice Podcast, a weekly podcast series created to spotlight the experiences of women in architecture, engineering, and construction professions. Hosted by Catherine Meng, AIA, an architect at San Francisco-based DLR Group | Kwan-Henmi, Design Voice features honest conversations with self-identifying women who shape the built environment, unique takes on the state of the professions, stories of career journeys, and more.
Currently, Lam works as the Director of Operations and a Project Manager at William Duff Architects in San Francisco. For over a decade, Lam has helped manage the studio’s operations, planning, and hiring as well as creating diverse design plans. In this episode, Lam explains how she made the transition from project management into an operations role at her firm.
Lam’s portfolio ranges from designing site plans for 1,000,000-square-foot outdoor retail centers to single-family residential and commercial sectors: smaller projects that Lam appreciates for their intimacy. Complex projects exemplify Lam’s efficiency at applying sustainable principles and methods amongst substantial numbers of consultants and decision makers.
Within the podcast, Lam also dispenses her advice for job seekers. In conversation with host Meng, Lam discusses discuss the pressures of thinking one needs to act a certain way in the profession or out on a job site, and how to overcome that to just focus one’s energy on work instead. Lam also embraces the fact that careers are never static and even reveals what she looks for in the hiring process.
Listen to Lam’s interview in its entirety here.