Belilta Asfaw

Belilta Asfaw

Belilta is an Architect at EYP, an Architecture and Engineering Firm.

What is your job description and what are your responsibilities?

I am a Designer and licensed Architect in EYP’s DC office. EYP is an Architecture and Engineering firm.

What career path led you to your current role?

A profound interest in the Arts and multi-faceted creativity led me to this role.

Describe your day-to-day schedule.

My schedule varies from day-to-day and can include anything from team design sessions, solo design sketching and rendering, design documentation, design, construction research, material, coordination with engineers and consultants, design critiques, reviews and more.

What programs/tools do you often use? 

I primarily use Autodesk Revit, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Sketch iPad App, and hand sketching.

Which aspects of your job do you enjoy the most?

The love the creative and collaborative aspects of my work.

Which aspects of your job do you find most challenging? 

The ability to restrain and edit ideas so that they are feasible, affordable and sustainable is always challenging but also rewarding.

How did you develop the necessary skill-set (e.g. courses, training, activities) to be an Architect

A huge part of skill development in Architecture is experience because projects and project teams can be so different from one to the other. Being present, aware and taking note contributes greatly to one’s career. In addition to my Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech, I studied for the Architectural licensing exams (ARE’s) and I am also an Accredited Professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Is there any additional advice you would give students who are interested in becoming Architects?

Anything you pursue is what you make it. What you make it is heavily determined by a true interest and further influenced by innate determination to advance with every experience. The field of Architecture is challenging yet very rewarding. As an Architect, you are a central force in bringing together many disciplines while translating the client’s dream into a physical element that can be experienced. We are also becoming increasingly aware that Architects have a very important role in protecting the environment by designing with sustainability at the forefront. It is an expansive task with the potential for continual growth and as a result.