As part of the series, which celebrates architecture and the people who make it, Randy and Jason were also interviewed about their interests and responsibilities:
AIA Colorado: Why did you decided to become an architect?
Randy: As a little kid, I lived in a house and neighborhood in Germany that always had some kind of construction in progress and I liked hanging around the workers while they made places. I started drawing houses and constructing elaborate Lego buildings around the age of eight so I guess I have been on course for about 42 years! I still play with Lego…
Jason: My father and grandfather were constructors; because of this I had a different view of buildings as a child. For me, buildings were about people coming together to create something that didn’t exist before. Architecture is the first step in that process and is where I found my passion.
What is a typical day like for you? Run us through your day-to-day responsibilities and “to-do” lists.
Randy: Make breakfast for my wife and sons, find work, listen to our clients, make sure we do the work the best we can, sketch, erase, sketch, run along the Poudre River, write, call, critique, eat dinner with my family, read, sleep, start over.
How you find inspiration for your projects?
Randy: Place drives everything. I can’t imagine a solution until I understand the site, the climate, the user.
What are the biggest challenges you face throughout a project?
Jason: Communication. Whether it is communicating with colleagues, clients or contractors, Architecture is about communicating ideas.
What do you enjoy most about being an architect?
Randy: Every day brings new challenges and no project is ever the same so there is a constant need to learn and grow.
Jason: It is never boring.
What has been your favorite project to work on?
Randy: The next one that comes in the door.
Jason: We have recently been working on a couple of 400’ tower projects in Hawaii that are quite fun.
What is your favorite building in Fort Collins? In Colorado?
Randy: In Fort Collins, the Ranchway Feeds building—it is all muscle and no pretention built over a hundred years. In Colorado, Balcony House at Mesa Verde: a great view, a water source and a railing.
Jason: Danforth Chapel at CSU.
How do you spend your free time?
Randy: I love introducing my boys to new experiences and places.
Jason: Traveling with family, fly fishing and spending time at the family cabin.
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