The BRP Team is Growing: Meet Brian and Nick

The BRP Team is Growing: Meet Brian and Nick

Meet the two newest members of the BRP team! On September 8th, BRP welcomed Architectural Intern Brian Vanne and Student Architectural Intern Nick Rispoli.

Brian, from Mountain Grove, MO, graduated from Drury University in May 2016 with a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting. While a student, Brian studied abroad in Spain and Portugal. Prior to joining BRP, Brian worked as the Design Fabrication Coordinator at Drury University for the Hammons School of Architecture where he supervised the woodshop and the digital fabrication lab in addition to being an Adjunct Instructor.

Nick, from St. Louis, MO, is a fifth-year architecture student at Drury University. He will graduate next May with a Master of Architecture and minors in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience. While attending Drury, he studied abroad in Aegina, Greece. He has also been involved in many student organizations on campus such as the Student Government Association, Drury Ambassadors, Panther’s First, Allies, Black United Independent Collegiate (B.U.I.C), American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), and was an orientation leader.

Let’s get to know them better:

Brian Vanne


What is your favorite restaurant in the Springfield area?

Café Cusco, the Blackfish there is my go-to recommendation, also their chocolate torta (Torta de Askinosie).”

Café Cusco favorites, Blackfish and Torta de Askinosie

Best concert you’ve ever attended?

“Elder Island in Chicago, IL at Lincoln Hall.”

Favorite place you’ve been?

“Sintra, Portugal, the Sintra-Cascais Nature Park was the largest highlight for me. The whole cultural landscape is a UNESCO Heritage site – within it is the Pena National Palace, the Castle of the Moors, and several other features.”

Pena National Palace

Tell me something unique about you.

“I spend too much time and money on coffee.”

You said you love coffee, where’s your favorite place to get coffee locally?

“I love Kingdom Coffee, also Coffee Ethic and Travelers.”

What’s your favorite piece of architecture in the world?

“The Great Mosque of Córdoba.”

The Great Mosque of Córdoba

If you could give your past self advice, what would it be?