Architecture Intern Spotlight: Jake Burris!


At the beginning of the summer, we were delighted to welcome architectural intern Jake Burris to the team. Jake, originally from St. Charles Missouri, will be a fifth-year student a Drury University this August. There he is pursuing his Master of Architecture degree. While at Drury, Jake had the opportunity to study abroad at Aegina, Greece for one semester. Some hobbies he enjoys are hiking, golfing, mountain biking, and sketching.


Let’s learn more about Jake…


What’s your go-to place to eat in Springfield?Sliders

photo: Brandon Alms


Are you a fan of burgers like Jake? Here’s an article from 417 Magazine you may like: 28 Bangin’ Burgers 


Tell me something unique about you? “I have traveled to over 18 countries and have spent over 6 months overseas.”


If you could be a Lion King character who would you be and why? “Pumba, he is funny, and lives worry free. Hakuna Matata.”

What drew you to architecture? “Buildings have always interested me, and I wanted to choose a job where I could actually see my work being built.”


Favorite piece of architecture in the world and why? “I don’t have a favorite but if I had to choose one, I’ve been to, then it would be the Parthenon because of its location overlooking the city and because of its size for the era it was built.”

photo: Flickr user Trolle


What is one thing you cannot resist? “The opportunity to travel.”


Most valuable thing you’ve learned from this internship at BRP? “I have learned more about how buildings are constructed and about the process of going from design to the construction of the building.”


Three words to describe architectural school? “Design. Communication. Rewarding.”


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