Portrait of a GFFer: Heather Rule

Meet Heather Rule. She joined the growing GFF Austin office in September of 2018 as a Project Leader. She is an architect with a bachelor’s from the University of Michigan and a master’s from the University of Texas at Austin. Heather moved to Austin with a plan of being here 2 years. Fast forward to 7 years later and she is still in Austin, enjoying the “Keep Austin Weird” life and culture of the city.

  1. I was born in Chicago, but at the age of 4, I moved to Quito, Ecuador which I consider home.
  2. Once I repelled down a 36 story/477’ building to raise money for charity, which instilled a love of heights and search for the thrill in me.
  3. As a result – I’ve paraglided off a mountain in Ecuador and found a new love for canyoning which is repelling down waterfalls.
  4. I am passionate about research and received multiple travel grants while in grad school to research social housing in Ecuador, Peru and Chile.
  5. This led me to apply for and receiving a Fulbright Research grant in 2016-2017 where I studied women’s agency in the built environment with women working on rose farms in Ecuador.
  6. Travelling is my greatest passion and was instilled in me from a young age. By the age of two, I had travelled to 13 countries and 26 states. I have not kept up the same rate of travel but getting on a plane to go someplace new will always be my happy place!
  7. I love watching sports and wanted to do stadium architecture when I graduated from undergrad. My favorite sports are futbol – or soccer as we call it here in the US, ice hockey and college football. Never did end up doing sports architecture, but I did get to work on the training facility and a sports medicine center for my favorite hockey team!
  8. I “rebelled” against my Buckeye family traditions and became a Wolverine by attending the University of Michigan for undergraduate degree in architecture.
  9. I enjoy running and even though I’m slow I love races. It’s a great way to experience a community. To date, my favorite race was the 2017 Ruta de la Iglesias 10K which runs through the historic center of Quito.
  10. My only vehicle is a Vespa Primavera and her name is Petunia!