Madame Architect — "Hitting Her Stride: Margaret Cavenagh on Opportunity, Adaptability, and True Balance"



"AS: How did your interest in architecture first develop?

MC: I have wanted to be an architect for as long as I can remember. Sixth grade is where I place it. I found a piece of paper from school asking what I wanted to be when I grew up and my answer was “architect.” I have always been fascinated with space and spatial relationships. As a child, I would rearrange my bedroom and living room to create little vignettes and I always drew this house that was sort of colonial and had a sunken living room—maybe I was inspired by the Brady Bunch.

In high school, I remember getting in trouble with my track coach because I missed practice to see Sylvia Smith, Senior Partner at FXCollaborative, lecture at Dickinson College. My parents encouraged me to go! They were very supportive of me pursuing architecture. I’ve been practicing architecture ever since."

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