You do What?!
Friday, February 17th, 2012
as told to Murrye Bernard and Stephen Killion
Andreas Charalambous, Principal, Forma Design
Passion: Creating Art
“While growing up on Cyprus, I began painting with watercolors to capture the landscape around me. I applied for architecture school at Cornell with only paintings in my portfolio, but that was enough to get a scholarship. While in school, I combined my interests by taking classes in painting and photography."
Richard Massa, President, Richard Massa Architect
Passion: Viewing Ancient Designs
“The Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has always fascinated me. It feels as though I’ve been transported to Egypt somehow, though it’s a modern building in the middle of the city. It speaks to that sixth sense, an emotional component that I try to incorporate into my designs."
Jeffrey Davis, President, JDavis Architects
Passion: Exploring New Cities
“I like to experience cities with a strong historic character. One of my favorite cities is Charleston, South Carolina. It is considered one of the great examples of ‘walkable urbanism.’"
Tim Hurburgh, Director, H2o Architects
Passion: Real Tennis
“The longest standing interest and passion I have that has intersected with my architectural career in unexpected ways is playing real tennis, or court tennis, as it is called in the United States. It is played the way the game was played before contemporary ‘lawn’ tennis was invented, within enclosed courtyards. Because you needed a building with essentially concrete floors and concrete or masonry walls that didn’t crack, some of the techniques that builders and architects developed for the construction of courts were revolutionary."
Phil Kean, President, Phil Kean Designs
Passion: Marathon Running
“A friend of mine had just finished a marathon and said, ‘If I can do it, you can do it.’ So I ran one. And it was terrible. I did everything wrong, but I finished. But my second and third attempts went a little better, and before I knew it, I had run marathons in 10 different states. It became an item on my bucket list: to run marathons in all 50 states. Now I have 30 under my belt, with 20 left to go."
Josh Allison, Principal, Josh Allison Architecture
Passion: The Ocean
“Walking along the dunes of North Carolina with my son and our fishing rods, it is hard to not be drawn into the mystery of the water. The anticipation of the day and the reveal of the ocean over the horizon is always a stimulating experience. I work in much the same environment as I fish: isolated, relaxed, and quietly lost in my own thoughts. I find freedom in these surroundings."
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