Monday, June 26, 2017
BLOG: A Day in the Life of Architect, Jason Streb, AIA|
Meet Jason Streb. Since joining CPL in 2010, Jason has made a positive impact on the firm, professionally and personally, and has been on the fast track to success. His passion for architecture is matched by his rigor in problem solving, and both are evident in every project he undertakes. This month, Jason’s hard work and incredible talent is being celebrated as we announce his promotion to Associate.
“Jason greets every day with a desire to learn and has proven ready to take on the challenges of our profession time and time again,” CEO, Todd Liebert, AIA, NCARB said. “I’m continually impressed by his philosophy and approach to design.”
A highly capable, professional and a sought-after project team member, Jason’s contributions to the firm and the design community reach beyond the office. He engages with staff at all levels and plays a significant role in creating a culture of camaraderie and teamwork by engaging in company events; participating in community charities; and spearheading staff volunteer events. Both motivated and dedicated to his profession and his community, Jason is certainly not your “typical architect.”
We followed Jason around for a day to learn more about his passion for architecture, most memorable design projects, favorite at-work experiences and more!
What led you to pursue a career in architecture?
I knew I wanted a career where I had the opportunity to not only be creative, but to use creativity to solve problems. And since art and design have always been of interest to me, I thought architecture would be the perfect fit.
By nature, I’m a very curious person, always wanting to know how things are made or how to get things to look and perform a certain way. Designing buildings gives answers to those questions. My job offers unique challenges where I can attempt to solve spatial and technical problems for clients, and provide them with solutions that allow buildings to perform functionally and aesthetically.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I honestly never have a 'typical' type of day, which is another reason why I chose this profession. Some days I’m under a pile of trace paper doing hand sketches and designing, while other time is spent modeling detailed elements of construction on the computer. It’s usually a mix of the two with client meetings and presentations sprinkled throughout!
From a design excellence standpoint, is there any project in which you are most proud of?
Geneva High School Athletic Complex and the RRH Center for Critical Care. However, there are two projects in particular that I am most proud of. First, the Orange County Government Center (OCGC) was a project that brought challenges in terms of preserving a significant work of architecture and designing a new structure that would be compatible with the building’s history. A large amount of thought and research went towards each design decision, and I’m happy with how the design is shaping up. Our team poured our hearts into that project to make sure we did the right thing for the client and the facility.
The second project was a small, conceptual design that we did for the Landmark Society of Western New York. The project was a series of small memorials dedicated to African American History in Rochester. Although never built, our proposals were community and researched based. At one public presentation, a woman from the neighborhood cried because the design we created had resonated with her so well. That moment has stayed with me ever since and we (Landmark) are still hopeful the project(s) will have a future.
What community activities are you involved in?
AIA Rochester and Emerging Rochester Architects (ERA). In the past, I served on the AIA Rochester’s Board of Directors as the Education Director. I also serve on the Landmark Society’s Properties Committee, which does event planning and preservation for their properties. Most recently, we did a spring clean-up event at St. Josephs Park.
You've been working with the firm for over 7 years now. How did you end up at CPL and why do you choose to stay?
Admittingly, I only thought I'd stay at CPL for a short while when I first started. After graduating college, I had interests in moving to a bigger city someday.However, once I started working here, the great projects and even better people made me abandon those earlier thoughts. I quickly realized that CPL offered wonderful opportunities and experiences for a young designer. I saw (and still do see!) a bright future with CPL largely due to the people here who foster and encourage growth.
What’s been one of your favorite at-work experiences?
I think our most recent colleague networking event at Studio 180 has been one of the best experiences I've had so far. I’ve also been lucky enough to work with lots of talented people from other offices (Charlotte, Buffalo, etc.). Getting the chance to travel and see beyond my own office encourages me even more as I’m reminded of all the great work everyone is doing.
What’s one of the most important things you’ve learned thus far in your career?
Ask questions, seek advice and think boldly. I’ve also learned to pursue design logically and artistically. But most importantly, I’ve discovered that having passion for what you do is everything. I think in this profession especially, the passion you have is evident in your work.
Michelle is a Communications Coordinator responsible for developing written responses to RFP's & RFQ's, executing in-bound marketing initiatives, and managing the firm's public relations efforts. Michelle brings high energy, focus and advanced writing skills, which enables her to produce relevant content to inform, inspire and enhance the firm's value propositions. Outside the office, she enjoys boating, running and spending time with her friends and family.
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