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No Ceiling: Stephanie Ireland

Ireland Architects Inc.

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Stephanie is the owner of 20-year-old Springfield architecture firm Ireland Architects Inc. She says it’s no wonder she ended up in this field – her dad was a woodshop teacher and her mom an interior design and architectural history professor. But the road to gaining her license was not easy. She took a non-traditional education path and she experienced a setback early in her career when she was laid off. But Stephanie says she’s drawn to a challenge. She discusses that desire has led her to spend much of her career designing health care clinics and psychiatric hospitals.


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