Member Spotlight: Elise Brooking Azara

Elise Brooking Azara, Associate, Marketing & Public Relations at Kirksey Architecture

SMPS Member since 2014


How has SMPS helped you in your career?  SMPS offers wonderful resources and tools for the AEC industry and has allowed me to connect and network with a number of different people who I otherwise might never have met!

What is the biggest benefit of being active in SMPS?  Staying connected to different people in the industry and learning tips and tricks from fellow SMPS members.

What has been your memorable SMPS event to date, and why?  The SMPS Marketing Monster Mash at the Houston Zoo was very memorable because it was my first SMPS event to attend. I got to meet so many amazing people – and had to re-recognize them out of costume at later events! It was also wonderful to see that event raise funds for Casa de Esperanza and knowing that you’re participating in a great cause.

What do you love most about your job?  I know this is probably repeated too often, but it’s true. The people at Kirksey are simply great people. When you enjoy the people you’re working with, your job becomes ten times easier. And not only that, but I also love how creative and forward-thinking Kirksey can be – everyone there strives for the best and it shows! Integrity is a word I hear a lot at Kirksey, and I believe our firm exhibits it in spades.

If you were not in this industry, what would be your “dream job”?  I’d probably own some sort of dog rescue ranch (much to my husband’s chagrin, I’m sure) and have my own version of a Joanna Gaines’ inspired craft/art studio where I could just create all day. 

What would you do with a year off?  Travel, travel, travel! Iceland, Scotland, England, Denmark, Canada…. All over, really. I feel grateful for the travel I have been able to accomplish, but there are so many other places I’d love to visit.

What do you enjoy most about Houston?  The diversity, hands down. I’ve come to find that great diversity = a more compassionate city and, ultimately, better food. It’s a win-win, really. The food in Houston is pretty phenomenal, and I chalk that up to Houston’s amazing, diverse scene.

How do you kick-back?  With my two schnauzers and my husband. Usually by reading a good book, or watching a great TV show. I’m so ready for Netflix’s “The Crown” to start up again.

What is your favorite film?  Before Sunrise by Richard Linklater.

Where do you find inspiration?  This is probably cliché, but from reading. I love reading biographies and narrative non-fiction. I like to see how other people overcame challenges or were inspired to change the world around them – a story is always so much more fascinating knowing it’s true.