Juli Abbott ’93, a Bay Area architect, is in the middle of constructing several “green” schools in Sausalito, built to reside peacefully with the environment by preserving nature, conserving resources, and reducing the impact of human usage. Lofty goals for the girl from Branson, Mo., who breezed through her high school days but met her match when she arrived at Trinity.
“High school was really easy for me. Going to Trinity where students were high-caliber; I was challenged. That was quite a shock for me to be challenged.”
As an international studies and French double major with a minor in environmental studies, Juli interned with the renowned architecture firm Ford, Powell & Carson in San Antonio. After earning her Masters of Architecture at UT Austin, she moved on to retail architecture with Williams-Sonoma. Going green in northern California – the center of sustainable design – was naturally the next step.
“I’m most excited about what I’m currently working on and like the technical side as well as the design side. It’s really about figuring out the details. Construction is fun to see as things come to life.”
As the president of the Northern California chapter of the alumni association, she shares her passion for building and the environment with other West Coast based alumni, planning networking events and happy hours.
“There is camaraderie at alumni events, even if you’ve never met the person before. They automatically feel like family and when you meet Trinity alumni, you know they’ll be thinkers and have great conversation to offer.”
And as far as Juli is concerned, her blueprint for success is paving the way for happiness from the ground up.
“As far as my career goes, I’m exactly where I want to be. I’m happy with my volunteer roles and have a wonderful group of friends who have become my surrogate family. We live in a beautiful part of the country where we can camp, snow-ski, and go to the beach. I’ve got a great life and at this point, I wouldn’t change a thing!”