On June 1, we welcomed Alan Lovekamp to the BRP team!
Alan, from Springfield, IL, attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale for his four-year degree in architectural studies and Kansas State University for his two-year Master of Architecture. During his college years he played the trumpet in the SIU marching band and minored in history at SIU.
Some of Alan’s hobbies include sailing on his Catalina 22 and model building.
Let’s get to know him more:
Who’s your favorite architect?
“Probably Frank Lloyd Wright since I’ve seen his works the most; my family always liked to visit his homes on our travels.”
Favorite piece of architecture in the world?
“Kamppi Chapel in Helsinki, Finland. The simplicity and restraint used to create this special place is amazing. The use of light alone tells you it is sacred.”
What food do you crave the most?
“I’m always down for Mexican. Ironically, I have no real tolerance for spice though.”
If you could share a meal with any 3 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
“I’m not sure on the third, but Bill Gates and Barack Obama would certainly be interesting to share a meal with. Their intellect and leadership would create constructive conversation.”
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
“The late 1700s. It has always been my favorite era, and it would be interesting to see the US in its infancy.”
When did you know you wanted to be an architect?
“I originally was drawn to the technical side of Architecture in high school, drawings and details. However, as my education progressed, I’ve gained a greater interest and drive to explore the more designer side of each project.”
What excites you most about moving to Springfield?
“Being among trees again. I likely sound like a madman but live in Kansas for two years and you’ll understand.”
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