Three Payette staff members joined the ranks of licensed architects this summer and today we celebrate their accomplishments.
Since joining Payette in 2007, Daniel has impacted projects including, Duke University - Environment Hall, Brock University – Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, Georgetown University – New Science Center and the University of Iowa – Institute of Biomedical Discovery. He received his Master of Architecture from Tulane University in 2004. He was the Co-Chair of the Young Designers Core from 2010-2012.
What inspires you? Convenience stores, T-stops, my back porch … usually ordinary places. Although I love museums, which are full of extraordinary things.
What is the best part of your job? That I get to draw stuff for a living, and then (sometimes) watch it come to life.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned so far? When to go slow down and do something very carefully and when to just do it. We need to be very good at both.
The sky is the limit: if you could design or redesign anything, what would it be? I find that the character of each project has more to do with the people involved than with the program type or profile. With a competent and adventurous team, I’d be happy to design anything.
Since joining Payette in 2007, Jenni has made significant contributions on projects for AKU-FAS, VA Brockton Specialty Clinics, VA Brockton Mental Health Recreation Center and the VA West Haven Addition. Jenni also teaches a number of different courses at the Boston Architectural College and has done so since 2008. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006.
What inspires you? Actually I find looking at all the projects going on in the office really inspiring. It's great to be able to walk around and scope out all the different pin-up areas. I like to see the process and to see projects develop over time. And if I see an interesting material or system, the project team is always more than happy to tell me more about it!
What is the best part of your job? There is so much complexity in architecture, so I am always learning a new set of skills or developing an understanding in a new area of specialized knowledge. While the process of learning can be challenging and difficult, the payoff when I start to get the hang of something new is worth it … in fact that is the best part of my job!
What is the most important thing you’ve learned so far? See above; there are so many things! But if I had to name one thing, I would say it’s the understanding I’ve gained through CA of the relationship between what we draw and what happens on site. As a result, I see our working drawings really differently than I used to – where I used to think of them as an end unto themselves, I now think of them more as a tool for communicating with the contractor.
The sky is the limit: if you could design or redesign anything, what would it be? All of Boston’s transportation infrastructure! From streets to parking to the T – I think it could work so much better and incentivize people to use more environmentally friendly methods of transportation.
Since joining Payette in 2006, David contributed significantly to a number of projects including the Frick Chemistry Laboratory and Center for Theoretical Science, both at Princeton University. Notably, the Center for Theoretical Science at Princeton has become an industry reference for other institutions involved in theoretical sciences. David received his Bachelor of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2006.
What inspires you? Music & Sports – I play piano & guitar, and usually have a game on mute in the background. Gadgets – I have a severe obsession with trinkets and micro-devices. Science – There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t check NASA’s website to see what’s going on with Mars.
What is the best part of your job? Every project is different. I really enjoy encountering new programs & science types because it means I get to first learn about them before designing for them.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned so far? That it’s worth it to take risks in Architecture. Even if they don’t work out, you’ve learned a lesson. But when they do, there’s nothing better.
The sky is the limit: if you could design or redesign anything, what would it be? I’ve always wanted to design a habitable tree house.