image courtesy Mia Frietze

For most of 2013, "HiWorks" was really just me.  Working as a sole proprietor was fun but the plan was always for the firm to be more than just an individual as there is a limit to the scale and ambition that a single architect can execute.  Towards the end of the year things started to get uncomfortably busy and it became more and more apparent that HiWorks would need to grow in order to fulfill its potential.

Betsy Johnson and I first met at Lake|Flato and all of that firm was heartbroken when she moved to Dallas a few years ago.  It has always been my hope that we could find a way for the two of us to work together again.  We have set up a remote working framework that will now allow that to happen.  The expertise required to design a building is broad and Betsy's skill set represents an excellent complement to mine.  Like me, she is also trying to engineer a way to balance the opportunities and challenges of a career with the opportunities and challenges of being a parent of two young girls.  Raising two daughters, for the record, appears to be much harder than designing a building.

At any rate, the above photo was taken back in November of last year and you can see Betsy's family including her husband, Luke (who is a Vice President of Corporate Development at CHRISTUS Health and who provided invaluable assistance in developing the business plan for HiWorks), and her second daughter (who was but a few weeks old at the time).  Her first daughter, seated to the right of me, referred to me throughout the visit as "the man".  Based on that observation, Betsy recently pointed out that she is now officially "working for the man".

Although I would like to think she is working with the man, I realize the difference is mainly semantic.