Julie Rusk Associate AIA
Page Director of Operations – Houston Julie Rusk knows how to run an office. After all, she already manages a full household containing one husband, one child, six dogs, two cats and for a while, one international exchange student. The responsibilities she takes on don’t faze her, though; raised in a family with a core belief of always giving 110%, she considers commitment a value ingrained in her since childhood. Her strongly-held principles also are the foundation of her work in the field of architecture, and they’ve fostered much success there.
A holder of a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Houston as well as two years of interior design studies at Baylor University, Julie’s planning and programming background serves communities throughout South and East Texas, and her involvement in education projects throughout Houston has provided students with innovative and effective learning environments. Julie is as committed to people as she is to her work. In fact, she most enjoys the projects that have a significant impact on the individuals who use the spaces that Page helps to create.
She considers it essential to her work to ensure clients know they come first no matter what. Relationships inside the office receive the same attention from Julie, who believes total team collaboration on all levels will provide the key to a successful project. She knows that each individual has ideas that could make a project stronger and more successful, and that standard proves itself through creative and effective design solutions.
In a project she describes as a personal favorite, her team’s work for the Tomball Lone Star College provided unique collaborative spaces that students normally would not have the opportunity to experience, even on the largest college campus. The relationships she cultivates with the clients she serves matter enormously to Julie. “To this day, we can call them and it’s like old home week,” she says, referring to the group at Lone Star College. “We catch up on children, family, etc. It was truly a great relationship-building experience.”
As a member of the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo Finance Committee, Julie is committed to bettering her community as well as her team at Page. She also serves as a commissioner for the City of Pasadena Planning Commission, a position she specifically chose in order to more closely impact her neighborhood. Julie lives by her motto to “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself; do not go out and look for a successful personality to duplicate it.” Her passions include work, cleaning, and craft projects -- in that order! Out of all her activities and commitments, however, Julie considers motherhood her greatest accomplishment.