It’s #ArchitectureWeek! AIA National Architecture Week is April 10 – 16. National Architecture Week is celebrated the week of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, which is April 13th. While not educated as an architect, Jefferson is the only U.S. president to be recognized for his architectural affinity. National Architecture Week is a public awareness campaign dedicated to increasing attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design.
All week LaBella will be highlighting our diverse group of architects. Today we’re featuring a Project Designer in our Charlotte office, Brett Wright.
Name: Brett Wright
Alma Mater: Appalachian State University
Office Location: Charlotte, NC
What type (market) of architecture do you specialize in? Veterinary and Office
When did you know you wanted to become an architect? I always wanted to be in the design field growing up. My dad works as a piping designer for industrial power plants and but has a degree in residential construction so we would often walk through homes as they were being built.
If you hadn’t become an architect, what would you be doing today? Struggling to make it as a golfer!
Tell us about a project you’re proud of. Lake Forest Church in Huntersville, NC. We added on a two story building to the front of the church including a new lobby entry with administrative offices above. We added a building connecting their existing education wing with a pre-engineered metal building. This was a large project with multiple changes throughout the design process. The church wanted campaign literature to show their congregation what the proposed campus would look like. This allowed us as a design team to use a new rendering software to show off the not-so-traditional church.
What has been the highlight of your career? Watching a building go from conceptual design to a built project.
What would you consider the greatest work of architecture thus far in the 21st century? The 9/11 Memorial in NYC. The architecture and the plaza in and of itself is great but the meaning behind the way they positioned the building according to the suns position on September 11 will truly remain a great work of art.
What is your favorite local building and why? The Harvey B. Gantt Center in downtown Charlotte. It’s a long linear low lying building, because of that it takes on a different persona from the large skyscrapers surrounding it.
What style architecture do you love most? Midcentury modern and modern.
What does the future hold for architecture? What trends do you think will have an impact on the profession? As technology advances so will architecture, not only in the way we design and build but also in how we interact with the building itself.
What advice would you give someone thinking of becoming an Architect? Have patience!
What are your secrets to success? Patience and learning to adapt.
What are the biggest challenges in your job? During construction of a building, it always seems to be a fast and furious time answering the contractor questions and coming up with solutions to RFI’s. Although challenging they are great tools to learn from.
What do you enjoy about working at LaBella? The variety of projects across all disciplines.
What do you like doing outside of work? Going to car shows, hiking, and renovating my house.