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Alumni Insights: 10 Questions with Bridget Reynolds

A third generation Dunwoody graduate, Bridget worked in a residential design-build firm before transitioning to the classroom. She currently serves as the College’s Dean of Construction Sciences & Building Technology. Guided by the belief that Minnesota’s future depends on a skilled workforce, Bridget focuses on strengthening industry relationships and innovating academic offerings. She is also passionate about helping girls and women develop the interest, skills, and confidence to pursue career in construction and other STEM fields.

Bridget holds a master’s degree in business administration, a bachelor’s in career and technical education, and an associate’s in architectural drafting and estimating. She enjoys home improvement projects and traveling to warm places.

1. What did you want to be when you were small?

An architect. For as long as I can remember.

2. If you could learn one (more) skill, what would it be and why?

I’ve always want to learn to upholster furniture. I would love to work with beautiful fabrics and tear apart old interesting furniture and save it from the landfill.

3. If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?

The 1930’s – I’d like to have seen the Empire State Building during construction.

4. Where is the strangest place you have ever run into a fellow Dunwoody alum?

The strangest place was probably when I sat next to a former student at my daughter’s swim lessons. I’ve given hugs in Target, waved when honked at a red light, swapped stories when visiting firms and companies to find alum I didn’t know worked there.

5. If you could own any car, what would it be?

I’m a huge Jeep fanatic, but I would join the ranks of Tesla in a heartbeat, if not for Minnesota’s winter.

6. What is your favorite building and why?

While there are a number of amazing structures which on my top 10 list, without hesitation, my all-time favorite is the Hearst Castle. Who wouldn’t want to swim in those pools?

7. What’s your favorite family tradition?

Every other year we take an amazing long road trip. We’ve driven Canada, the West Coast, the East Coast and still have a few spots left. We are currently planning to drive the Gulf of Mexico.

8. Do you collect anything?

Fleur de lis.

9. Would you rather explore a new planet or the deepest parts of the ocean and why?

Neither. There’s so much amazing flora, fauna, and manmade objects to see on the one we’re currently taking a ride on.

10. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

I ate octopus gazpacho sitting at a restaurant on a warm beach in a faraway land before I had any real responsibilities. It was also something I’ll never eat again.