Christen Robbins

PBN 40 Under Forty 2023 Awards
Christen Robbins | 39 | Senior project manager and principal, BL Companies Inc.

What have been the most significant changes in your industry in the last five years? The most significant change was the impact from navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Although remote working brought a lot of advantages, it impacted how we lead a team. Architecture is all about collaboration, and there were fewer accidental encounters that brought forth better ideas and faster development of younger staff. We had to figure out how best to mentor when not in the office.

Where do you see yourself in five years? With more challenges, leading a bigger team and dealing with teenage drama.

What was your first job? Working as a sales associate at a jewelry store. It was a rewarding experience that helped me grow as a young professional.

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What advice would you give your 22-year-old self? You don’t know everything, and that’s OK. Always ask questions, and it’s OK to ask for help, no matter where you’re at in your career.

What moment changed your life more than any other? Having my first daughter, then having my second. With the first, I had to learn how to be a mom and a businesswoman. With the second, I decided to go for my master’s [degree] about the same time.

What is your greatest attribute that you bring to your job? I’m willing to take the time to help anyone who asks.