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Cafecito Con Paulina Beeche

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Cafecito Con Paulina Beeche


Paulina Beeche is a Chilean architect in Baltimore. She is licensed to practice Architecture in Chile and in the State of Maryland. She grew up in Viña del Mar and did her architectural studies in Valparaiso, Chile, where she graduated in 2001. Paulina has worked in an array of Chilean residential projects from 2001 to 2005 and for a brief period in 2003, worked for the Chilean government.

She moved to Los Angeles in 2003 and then, to Baltimore in 2005. She has been working in the local architectural field since 2006 with projects ranging from private residential, medical, schools, banks, and State parks, to name some. She won an Honorary Mention for her design work by AIA Baltimore.

Paulina is a member of the Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile and member of the American Institute of Architects. Paulina Beeche is also LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) and is currently an Associate at Penza Bailey Architects.

What is the focus of Penza Bailey Architects?

The focus is architectural services and design.

Why did you decide to join Penza Bailey Architects?

I decided to join PBA, and every year I confirm my decision, because of the family-oriented culture in the firm. I feel at home here and so does my daughter; although an American firm, we share the same values of responsibility, family time, and faith in a better future that I felt in my own country.

Who are your clients?

Our clients are very diverse: 50/50 government projects and private clients and institutions.

What impact has being a member of the MDHCC had on you?

At a personal level, I have met interesting 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generations of immigrants: there is always a belief in the power of opportunity, and that has an impact in everyday life.

What is the most important lesson you have learned from being in your current position?

The importance of boundaries. When you show the people you work with what your boundaries are for family and work time, you set the expectations without undermining your value as a responsible professional. I can become a better parent because I take care of my career, and I can take care of my career because I know it makes me a better parent.

Why did you choose Maryland as the place in which to do business?

I ended up here because my ex-husband came to study. When the moment came to choose, I just loved Maryland. I love its location, central to Virginia, and New York; I love the preservation history that you see in buildings and museums; I love the access to parks at a short commute; I love how different the four seasons are.

What are your expansion plans for the future?

Within the next 5 years I will be able to take on more professional responsibilities, and leading a firm is one of them.

What is the hardest decision you have had to make in your business?

The hardest decision was deciding to stay here far away from daily family life back in Chile. I took it month by month and relied more on my American friends and neighbors. At the end, with the internet, the family doesn’t feel so far away and I visit every year, and my friends are my extended family now.

Describe a typical day in your life.

I wake up at 6AM. I take my time until 8:30, because I like to meditate and to eat home-made food. During that time, I listen to NPR and radio news, and while my daughter gets ready for her day, I use the treadmill. I work from 9-5:30, and after that, my evening is about dinner with my daughter and checking homework. I don’t watch television, so around 9PM I start slowing down, read a book, watch something online and meditate again before sleeping. By 10 I am honestly tired and my 8 hours of sleep are non-negotiable.

What business and leadership advice can you give our members?

None. I am still in the learning path, and the members I have met so far have a lot more advice to give me.

What inspires you?

The belief that everything will be all right.

Who is your mentor?

Dan Bailey, one of our partners at Penza Bailey Architects. He has mentored me to better understand how architecture is communicated in the U.S., and has also mentored me to understand the American culture.

Bachata, Merengue or Salsa?

Salsa. Aunque estoy pensando seriamente tomar clases.

What is your favorite Spanish author and why?

One of my favorites is Antonio Skarmeta. He presents important and –sometimes- unspoken issues, with a healthy dose of humor and satire.

Café…con leche y azucar or black?

Café con leche y azucar.

Any other fun fact about you?

I make rugs. They can take a couple of years, but it’s one of my hobbies.

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