Sherry Lin, Architect & Designer

Sherry Lin is a mom of two, architect and designer in San Francisco. Here's how she balances work, kids and fun.

 

Q: What does a typical day in your life look like?

Life is a blur these days... filled with two young children (almost 2.5 and 4), spouse, ongoing house renovation, work.  I try to start the morning with a few minutes of quiet before the rush, rush, rush until bed at nine.  Weekends are spent as much as possible with friends.

Weekends are spent as much as possible with friends.
 

Q: How did you decide to become an architect? What was the path that brought you here?

Sophomore year of high school, as my friends and I mused about college and majors, a close friend suggested I think about architecture. It seemed like a perfect combination of art and pragmatism, individual and collective, technology and timelessness.

It seemed like a perfect combination of art and pragmatism, individual and collective, technology and timelessness.

Q: How do you stay up to date on trends in architecture?

The internet is an amazing tool to keep up on architecture whether it's keeping current on trends or sniffing out the obscure.

 

Q: What was the transition like going back to work after having kids?

After devoting about three years to full-time care of my children, I was ready to go back work though now it is a challenge to balance work, chores and family. 

Q: What do you do to unwind and relax after a busy day?

Be silly with my kids. Cook a simple but delicious meal. Have a glass of wine. Hopefully fit in a few minutes of meditation before falling asleep.

Be silly with my kids. Cook a simple but delicious meal.
 

Q: What is your favorite piece of clothing?

I have a great dress by Neon Buddha that I love. It is simple and comfortable yet interesting and flattering. Those are qualities I look for in clothing.

It is simple and comfortable yet interesting and flattering.

Q: What advice do you have for young women who are just starting their careers?

Find your strengths and let them lead you. There is no such thing as "having it all". You have to find a mix that is right for you, that makes you happy.

Find your strengths and let them lead you.