Jerrold Anderson, an architect, is Senior Associate in charge of design for MHTN, Salt Lake City’s largest architectural firm.
A few weeks after I completed the AvatarŽ course, the small architectural firm I was working with was approached by an older and much larger firm with the idea of merging our two offices. Rather than immediately thinking of the limitations and losses such a move might involve, I was able to approach the idea within the framework of possibilities. Only a few weeks before, I had intentionally created that I would be involved more in the design aspect of architecture, rather than the production of drawings. After negotiations and agreements, the merger resulted in my heading a newly created design department in the new firm. I can more easily think beyond the way it's been done before and explore the new and creative possibilities.
As a result of the Avatar course, I created opportunity in my career, and I have all the tools I need to create balance and harmony between my career and my family. One thing I have raised to top importance is having fun, and I have deliberately created my life on a lighter side. It's easier to let go of pressure, and even when I bring work home, it's not because I have to, but because I enjoy it.
I can coordinate efforts and work with people much easier than before Avatar. In fact, we often take a few minutes during the afternoon to throw a Frisbee around a grassy spot in the middle of downtown Salt Lake - not bad for a bunch of architects in ties!