Learning to picture mentally what cannot be directly observed, heard or written and to imagine possible next steps in making a piece. To envision means to imagine future possibilities in your life or your work of art. 

Architect Kari Turner explores the nature of problem solving in architecture. Imagination is essential—one must use the studio habit of mind, envision, to find a solution and then use creativity and practicality to make it a reality. Turner points out that accepting criticism is crucial to making ideas better. She emphasizes the importance of teamwork, of using multiple perspectives in order to analyze the merits of an idea. 


  • Do you feel that our creativity should help solve problems that matter to others?
  • How do you know when to be imaginative and when to be practical?
  • What does it take to be open to criticism? How do you like people to give you tough feedback on your work?
  • Does art always make the world a better place? Can art make a difference on a small scale too? Do you think that the size of impact makes creative work better or worse?
  • Does architecture make people's lives better? How?
  • Did you know in kindergarten what you wanted to do? If yes, have your ideas changed? If no, do you have an idea now? Do you think it will change?
  • Is anyone interested in architecture? What do you think an architect does? Does an architect do anything besides design houses? What other problems might they need to solve?
  • Do you like helping people solve problems? What other careers might be good for you besides architecture? Is a creative problem solver different from a regular problem solver?

bio: kari turner

Kari is an architect and partner at PIVOT Architecture in Eugene.  She has played a role in a wide variety of projects ranging in size from small bus shelters to large public safety facilities.  Kari believes that establishing connections with people is what makes architecture most significant and endeavors to reflect thoughtfulness, compassion, and fun in all of her work.


What did Kari want to say to her middle-school self?

Aim high, be brave, and try lots of things. Even if you aren’t good (or think you aren’t good) at it, have fun!”