Webber + Studio recently hired 6 new designers and we’ll be profiling them here and there over the next few months.

When did you know you wanted to be an architect?.

I really don’t know the exact moment I wanted to be an architect. I just remember as a kid sitting in my grandfather’s office as he worked through giant pages and pages of drawings.  He was a civil engineer and I loved playing with his “fancy triangular ruler”.

I also loved making my own ‘toys’ as kid.  I can remember when the house next door to us was being built, I would sneak over after all of the workers had left for the day and run through all of the spaces, deciding which rooms were which.

After a while, I started to pull the scraps from the trash pile and my best friend and I started to build our own house.  It was in the corner of the yard connected to the fences on either side.  It was about 20 square feet, but we had 3 windows, a working door and a beautiful, asymmetrical, pitched roof.  My grandfather soon let go of the fact that I would not be an engineer but an architect. 

You’ve been here 7 weeks, is there anything that caught you off guard or surprised you about working at Webber + Studio?

A few things actually.  First, the fact that in every step of the process David and all of the senior project managers are mentoring us to become project managers ourselves.  This is not meant in the sense that they are teaching how to be better production assistants (read: CAD monkey), but in fact teaching us about how the office and an architecture firm in general is operated, from mission statement to marketing and invoicing to cost analysis. 

Second, that there is always a variety of cookies in the kitchen.

Now that you’ve had some time to get settled, are there any projects that get you excited? If so, what are they and why?

I have spent most of my time on the Lakeview Trail project.  The owner has incredibly eclectic taste, so I have been able to work with a lot of materials that I have not used in the past. Though the project is very far along (in the end of construction documents), I’ve been able to assist in modifying the design and really examine the best way to execute the desired details. This exercise has helped me realize how important understanding the complex layers of our drawings and details are, and making sure our subcontractors do as well.

You’ve been in Austin for 3 years. What are your favorite spots?

Barton Springs (the best for people watching, but truly wonderful on a weekday morning around 8:00 am). Justine’s for the Frenchies and the magical setting (ignore everywhere else around it). But Saturday mornings call for El Primo Tacos to fill my belly. I’ll stop there — I can’t tell you all of them — you might show up 😉 

What are you most looking forward to working on in the coming year?

I am most looking forward to my next schematic charrette. Having completed a few smaller landscape charrettes already, I am excited to get a pass at a larger scope project.  I think it is pretty special that Webber + Studio  begins the design process with the youngest designer in the office and then works up the ladder.