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Deidre-Ann Cameron

Deidre-Ann Cameron

Faculty of Applied Science & Technology
Year of Graduation: 2009
Program: Architectural Technician - Technology

Deidre-Ann Cameron is a Structural Steel AutoCAD Technician for Bramalea Ornamental 2011 Ltd. She opened her own design business in 2012, and is now pursuing a Project Management Certificate from Sheridan. A volunteer to youth in Brampton, she also holds a certificate in American Sign Language. Her artistic skills have won her several community art awards over the years, as well.

Where did you grow up and what led you to study at Sheridan?

I grew up in Brampton after leaving Montego Bay, Jamaica with my family when I was two years old.  My mother had attended Sheridan and I was familiar with the college’s reputation.  The hands-on teaching environment was exactly what I was looking for.

Why did you study architectural technology?

I have always been interested in design and art.  I wanted a career that would satisfy my artistic side, challenge me and offer job opportunities. This field provides the foundation to build a career in other areas, as an architect, or interior designer, for example.

Was it a challenge to open your own design business? What type of projects have you taken on?

I am designing floor plans for a woman who would like to build a home in Ghana.  I have also taken on projects tackling problem areas within a home, as well as a redesign of an existing office space.

It was not difficult to find clients.  Once you get a foothold in the industry and people know what you do, they start coming to you for help.  It may be someone else in the design business who could use your skills, or through word of mouth.  Some of my clients have come from simply meeting new people on a regular basis. One of the first questions people ask when they first meet you is, “What do you do for a living?” And the rest often falls into place from there.

What advice would you offer a new graduate?

Architectural technology is an exceptionally versatile field. You can really find your niche and run with it after graduation.  So, try to get a good grasp of what you would enjoy doing early on. Be aware that, even though you are working with a team, you must create work that is innovative and recognizable as yours. This will give you a more impressive portfolio to present to potential employers.

Why do you volunteer your time outside of work?

I have a wide range of “mini-passions”, youth volunteering being just one of them. There are a lot of young people out there looking for guidance and a role model. They have so many things pulling them in different directions. Plus, I find that interacting with children brightens your life more than you can brighten theirs.