The Importance of Taking the Road Less Traveled


  1. to blaze a trail through (a forest, wilderness, or the like) for others to follow.
  2. to be a pioneer in (a particular subject, technique, etc.)


  1. someone who blazes trails, is a pioneer

Ever done something that no one else has done before? Ever create something new? Ever made a success out of a project when no one thought you could? Ever tried something that intimidated you, only to succeed?

As we continue celebrating our 25th year in business, we’ve been in a bit of a contemplative state, looking back at what we’ve managed to achieve — and sometimes shaking our heads at the courage (or audacity) it often took for us to undertake a project.

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
– Mary Anne Radmacher, author/artist

Trailblazers. Those individuals who quietly take on a leadership role and make the path easier for others. Those who see what’s possible instead of what’s impossible. Who create a portfolio of firsts by simply doing what they do best.

If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader.
– Dolly Parton

Are you a trailblazer? If not, consider what might be holding you back. Whatever you’ve done or are striving to do, know that it is possible with perseverance, drive, commitment and passion. Who knows what you might accomplish!

Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.
– Sara Blakely, Spanx founder

When Brenner Design envisions a new building or interior, it’s never been done before. We create one-of-a-kind structures and spaces that have never been seen before. We convince our clients to take a leap of faith in believing in an outcome that they can’t see or touch. Each project stands on its own as a custom solution that meets each client’s particular needs.

I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.
– Ginni Rometty, President/CEO, IBM

As an award-winning architectural and interior design firm, you could say that Brenner Design blazes new trails every day. We love what we do and invite you to consider us for your next project. We are fiercely committed to delivering exceptional, ground-breaking results for every one of our clients. How do we do that? By being outstanding in our field. By knowing the architectural business inside and out, and not being afraid, ever, to try something new. By being exceedingly professional, innovative and successful. And finally, by rolling our sleeves up and getting to work blazing those trails.

The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
– Amelia Earhart

Do. Or do not. There is no try.
– Yoda

We’re proud to say that our trailblazing attitude has been rewarded with some industry firsts. The most important thing about those firsts? We’re paving the way for younger women architects in our profession. See the firsts that we stand proud of achieving!

Trailblazing Stats: 6 Firsts

First Woman Architect to design a building on the campus of Purdue University.

First Woman Architect to design a building on the campus of Ball State University.

First Woman Architect to receive the Torchbearer Award from the Indiana Commission for Women.

First Woman Architect to be named to the Indiana Fire & Building Safety Commission.

First Woman Architect to be named to the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission.

First Woman Architect to be named to the board of the Indianapolis Arts Council.

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