Garrett House recently joined the ranks of the firm’s registered architects. Garrett earned his Master of Architecture, with honors, from the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Roger Williams University, receiving a university honors medal.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job at Payette is having the opportunity to make a difference in society through design. It is particularly rewarding to witness how our buildings enrich the built environment by providing cutting-edge spaces for researchers, scientists and medical professionals to innovate, make new discoveries and save lives.
What projects have you worked on?
Since joining Payette in early 2016, I have contributed to multiple projects at Northeastern University including the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC), Pedestrian Crossing (PedX) and EXP. I have also been involved with several design competitions for Hengqin Hospitals & Medical Campus and Stanford University. I have also had the opportunity to work on a number of pro-bono projects including “Project Wendy” for Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, “The Nest” for the Museum of American Bird Art at Mass. Audubon, “The Clasp” for Greater Grove Hall Main Streets at Franklin Park and “Hacking the City” at the 2016 Design Museum Boston Urban Innovation Festival.
What is the most important thing you have learned so far?
The design profession is a progressive, interdisciplinary, and evolving group of individuals from a variety of demographics. Our colleagues offer unique perspectives on issues ranging from urbanism to materiality. In order to make a meaningful impact on the future, we must work together and learn something new from each other every day.
If you could take a month-long trip anywhere, where would you go and why?
Considering the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic, I’m sure many of us have thought about this question for quite some time. When it is safe to do so, my wife and I hope to travel to the Nordic countries (i.e. Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland) to explore the historic cities and natural landscapes, experience the rich cultures and investigate the various movements of Nordic architecture.
Fun fact about you?
I am a closet guitarist, I have completed three Olympic-distance triathlons and I am infatuated with the color magenta (C=0, M=100, Y=0, K=0) when used as an accent.