BRP Architects is thrilled to welcome three new team members to the office! This month, we have been joined with Joe Bogowith, Student Architectural Intern; Riley Jarvis, Architectural Intern; and Taryn Vogan-Bohrer, Architectural Intern.
Joe, from St. Louis, Missouri, is coming up on his fifth year as an architecture student at Drury University’s Hammons School of Architecture. He will graduate in May of 2023 with a Master of Architecture and double minor in graphic design and fine arts. While attending Drury, he played on Drury’s soccer team as a goalie for his first two years and is involved in American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).
Riley is from the Northern Virginia town of Oakton outside of Washington, D.C. He studied at the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University where he graduated in May 2022 with a Master of Architecture and a minor in history. Riley can play four different instruments which include the piano, cello, violin, and the mountain dulcimer.
Taryn, from St. Louis, Missouri, began her journey at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) as an undergraduate student of architecture. She was a part of the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design for three years until she transferred and finished her last two years at Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design. There Taryn graduated with a Master of Architecture in May 2022. During her last year at Kansas State University, she participated in a visioning study with the Kansas City Design Center (KCDC) for the Kessler Park Water Reservoir. Taryn’s hobbies include being outside, hiking, camping, and spending time with her cat named Search and her dog named Doug.
An Architectural Intern is a graduate of an accredited professional program in architecture, who has not yet passed the series of exams required by the state of residency to become licensed.
Here are some fun facts about Joe, Riley, and Taryn…
First Up is Joe:
What’s your favorite thing about Springfield, Missouri?
“The parks, hiking, biking, and the food.”
Summer is almost here, what are your favorite summer activities?
“Playing soccer outdoors or just being outside.”
Tell me something unique about you?
“Ever since I had COVID in December, I haven’t been able to smell or taste.”
What drew you to architecture?
“I wanted to affect people’s life directly.”
Favorite place you’ve traveled?
If you could live in a different time, when would it be?
“We’ll say 2100, most people would probably say in the past, but I would want to live in the future.”
List three items on your bucket list?
“Skydiving, go to a Chelsea soccer game in London, and visit one of my built projects.”
What is something you’d like to learn how to do?
“Spin clay pottery.”
What’s your go-to productivity trick?
“Get coffee and have a schedule of things you want to accomplish.”
If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
“Chicken Piccata from the Cheesecake Factory.”
What is your go-to drink?
“A soda, I usually go for a Coke.”
What’s your favorite piece of architecture?
“I like a lot of English Baroque (St. Paul’s Cathedral) and Gothic Revival (Palace of Westminster).”
Are you watching anything interesting right now?
“Better Call Saul.”
What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
“Probably Frédéric Chopin, he is a Polish pianist, and I would love to chat with him about music.”
You mentioned you can play four instruments and your most proficient one is the piano, what is your favorite song to play?
“Revolutionary Étude Op. 10, No. 12 by Chopin.”
What is your dream project?
“A state capitol building.”
How do you like to spend your time outside of work?
“Either playing video games or the piano.”
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“An architect, my mom was an interior designer.”
What lead you to architecture?
“Well, I actually started as a pre-med student and quickly figured out I didn’t like that very much, I then took an elective in architecture and loved it!”
Favorite gas station snack?
“Quick Trip’s soft pretzels, I try not to have too many of them, but they are my favorite.”
What is your favorite thing about Springfield so far?
“I like how connected it is to nature and the outdoors.”
What is your ideal vacation?
“Going somewhere I’ve never been and exploring around, definitely like more outdoorsy.”
What is your most used emoji?
“Probably the winking face with the tongue emoji 😜, I have a very dry sense of humor, so I feel like I need to add something.”
Who is the person you most want to meet?
“I think Ryan Reynolds, he is just so funny and him and his relationship with his wife is so cute.”
Your go-to show to binge watch?
“Untold Stories of the ER. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every episode three times now.”
If you could quickly and easily learn any new skill, what would it be?
“Learn how to fly a helicopter.”