"Women and men are different. We just are. Accept it. Accept that men do some things better. Accept that women do other things better. There isn’t anything wrong with accepting the fact that we are different. Don’t try to be the same; embrace the differences. Both can be successful in all aspects of life."
— Asheley Scott
City of birth: Columbia
Education: Master of architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology; B.A. in design, Clemson University; Registered Architect in South Carolina, 2008-present; Registered Architect in North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Texas; NCARB Certified Architect, 2008-present; LEED Accredited Professional, 2009-present
Your job: President and architect, 1x1 Design
The best thing about my job: Connecting all (well, some of) the dots. Seeing the full picture of not only architecture, but business and life. The connections between how we go about projects, to hiring employees, to life outside the office, to invoicing, to payroll, to taxes…. understanding how the profession of architecture and the business of architecture are connected (and woven into the fabric of the “real-world”) is fascinating and rewarding.
Community involvement: AIA Greater Columbia, president, 2011; Columbia Development Corporation board member, 2009-2016; Columbia Museum of Art, Contemporaries board member, 2010-2015, president 2012-2014; Clemson Advancement Foundation Board of Trustees, 2011-present, vice president/president-elect 2015-2017; Heathwood Hall Episcopal School Board of Trustees, alumni representative, 2013-2016; Richland County Building Codes Appeal Board, member, 2013-present; Leadership Columbia, Class of 2009.
Something I wish I’d known earlier in my career: I experienced some pretty significant professional and personal challenges early in my career. . . . I tell people often, “I’m glad I was as young as I was when the economy tanked in 2008.” They look at me with a strange look, but looking back, I am thankful that I learned those lessons I did. I was thankful to have a job, not entitled to one; I could survive without cable; I learned to embrace opportunities outside architecture in order to broaden my business and professional relationships.