Congrats, Sonya!


Introducing BRW’s newest Architect—Sonya Shah, AIA!

When asked how it feels to be done, her response is immediate, “Incredible! And a little weird.” The slower pace of COVID life gave her more time to prepare, but now that she’s finished, she’s not quite sure what to do with all of her spare time.

Sonya started working towards licensure in 2014, but life forced her to hit pause more than once. In February of this year, she changed her outlook and hit her stride. She teamed up with peers in the Dallas office and on social media. She found that group work helped established a rhythm and she progressed steadily toward her goal. Building momentum was key to staying motivated, and keeping that momentum meant accepting and moving through failures as they arose. Sonya made use of a variety of tools to keep herself on track including keeping a journal of her process and turning to her mentors, Shea Rampy and Mark Watford, for guidance.

As for advice?

Sonya suggests getting comfortable being uncomfortable. Balancing studies, work and life is a lot to manage. Self-knowledge, self-confidence, and self-care are essential to maintaining equilibrium. If you know you’re going to experience a major life event, realize that it will probably slow your pace and be fine with that. Be patient and kind to yourself and know that you’ll find the right path.

Sonya passed her last exam on August 10th. If all had gone according to plan, she and her husband would be celebrating with a well-deserved vacation in Peru. But like so many other things, her trip was sidelined by the pandemic. And while she’d rather be exploring foreign lands, she is looking forward to getting reacquainted with her kitchen and traveling locally for the time being.

Way to go, Sonya! We are proud of your dedication and hard work!

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2023 Texas Fire Chiefs Association Annual Conference

March 20-23, 2023

Waco, TX

Attending is: Peri Sutton, Traci Anderson, Stephen Hilt, and Ray Holliday

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2023 Texas Police Chiefs Association

April 2-6, 2023

Fort Worth, TX

Attendees: Garrett Barker,  Peri Sutton, Fred Clifford, Justin Dreyer, Stephen Hilt, and Ray Holliday

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2023 A4LE Annual Southern Region Conference

April 3–6, 2023

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2023 TACS East Conference

April 5, 2023

Tyler, TX

Attendees: Rusty Crawford and Jeffrey Choyce

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Dallas White Rock Lake Clean up

April 8, 2023

Join the BRW Dallas team in giving back! We will meet at 8007 E Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX. As a group we will clean up the area around White Rock Lake from 10:00AM – 11:00AM.

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2023 Texas Library Association (TLA)

April 19–22, 2023

Austin, TX

Attendees: Matthew Duggan,  Traci Anderson, Fred Clifford, and Stephen Hilt

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2023 Station Design Conference

May 23–25, 2023

St. Louis, MO

Attendees: Marcus Gibbon, Peri Sutton, Stephen Hilt, and Ray Holliday

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2023 TASA TASB Convention

Sept 29–Oct 1, 2023

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2023 Texas Municipal League (TML)

Oct. 4–6, 2023

Dallas, TX

Attendee: Fred Clifford

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