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BRP Welcomes Architectural Designer: John Cox

On June 3rd, we welcomed John Cox, Architectural Designer, to our team.

John, from Springfield, MO, graduated from Drury University in May 2024 with a Masters in Architecture. While a student, John was an officer for NOMAS, the National Organization for Minority Architecture Students, and he also participated in Drury's Brass Quintet. In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his family, learning new instruments, and playing video and tabletop games. 

Let’s get to know John better…

Who or what inspired you to pursue architecture?

During my education at high school, I realized that one of the key things I was interested in was ways that I could improve the community that I was a part of in Springfield, and in improving the world as a whole. Once I realized this passion, I knew that architecture was one of the few ways that I could physically impact the city of Springfield in a positive way through thoughtful design, and the world through sustainable practices. At the same time as all of this occurred to me, I also had the privilege of having access to a teacher who was formerly an architect--Mrs. Cannella--who told me that if she had the chance to do it all again, she would still study architecture.

What’s your favorite class that you’ve taken at Drury University and why?

My favorite class I took at Drury University would be Wind Symphony, it was really nice to take a step back from the intensive design courses and enjoy some time with my tuba.

What’s your favorite food or restaurant?

I generally enjoy Italian food, but recently I went to Greek Belly for the first time and that was excellent! There is a little Greek place I like to go to on the way to Crystal Bridges, so it’s nice to get a little of that here.

What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends?

I like to spend time playing games with my friends and family. I’m really into tabletop games and I am usually playing D&D over the weekend!

Where would you be right now if you had zero obligations and money didn’t matter?

I think I’d still be right here, what’s important to me is Springfield and spending time with family.


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