DESIGN ASSOCIATE, DSA
We sat down with John for a snapshot of what he does on a day to day basis, the why behind his passion for architecture, and a little bit of fun along the way.
Q: What does a typical day look like for you?
A: I don’t really have a typical day. I can be involved with anything from production work for our home builder department, to project management for our commercial remodel projects.
Q: What do you most like about your job?
A: Architecture is my home; design is my life. I really like the variety in my role here, since I’ve been with DSA I have moved from commercial projects to residential, to remodel, education, and now to home builder projects. I also really enjoy the variety of team members that I have been about to work with.
Q: What is your favorite project to date?
A: I have two …My first and most recent is the St. Leo Coffee Shop in which we remodeled an existing post office into a coffee shop to act as a pillar to the campus quad and ecosystem. The second is the Hess new store concept in which we developed a prototype for the typical Hess convenience store. It was an interesting project to take part in, we developed corporate standards and branding requirements for the project, and helped to design a quality product.
Q: What is your favorite architectural style?
A: I lean towards contemporary architecture, though I really enjoy brutalist architecture when done right.
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: I build things, I enjoy carpentry, additive and subtractive manufacturing, and collecting tools. I enjoy making furniture as well as investigating detail components. I find it really interesting to design and refine how materials touch one another. It is really quite pleasing to make a complicated detail look pristinely simple, without translating the complexity to the finished product.
Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending” – C.S. Lewis
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