Spotlight On! is an #sbablog feature that gives readers a close-up look at SBA’s architects and designers. This month, we are celebrating Academic Design, so we will be featuring three of SBA’s Academic Design Specialists.
Meet Eddie. Eddie is a Senior Associate with over 20 years of experience working throughout a range of market sectors, including municipal, academic, and healthcare projects. Eddie specializes in Academic Design and is actively involved with several professional organizations. Follow Eddie on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn.
Where did you grow up?
New Orleans, Louisiana
Did where you grow up influence your decision to become an architect?
Absolutely. It’s hard not to be an architecture buff in a place with such a rich tradition of style and southern charm.
What drew you to Academic Design?
I am a teacher at heart, and I love spending time with children. Their fresh perspectives and enthusiasm help me keep my batteries charged. Designing schools fits in nicely with this, and it’s such an incredible opportunity to make a difference in the world. You have the possibility of positively affecting the lives of so many young people, who can then in turn go on to achieve amazing things.
What professional/charitable organizations are you involved with?
I’m involved in way too many organizations—I just can’t say ‘no’ to the causes I believe in. I’m a State Board member and mentor with the ACE Mentor Program, the chair of the Green Schools Advocacy Committee for the CT Green Building Council, and I also serve on the Industry Advisory Board at Hartford High School’s Academy of Engineering and Green Technology. I coach two little league baseball teams in my Town of Manchester and am on the Board of Directors. I’m also the Religious Practices VP at my Synagogue, and teach Hebrew there as well.
What is the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
A tie between the Yucatan on my honeymoon and 2 weeks in Israel in 2005.
Where did you go to school?
The University of Southern California in Los Angeles. It was an amazing experience, but I really dumb lucked my way into it. There was a good scholarship at stake, and it had a solid reputation for a 5 year program, but I didn’t do the research that I probably should have done. I had no idea that LA was the hotbed of cutting edge architectural design, and that folks like Frank Gehry and Thom Mayne would be frequent visitors to campus. Getting to see masterpieces designed by just about every major architect, easy travel to places like San Francisco and Mexico, a powerhouse football team, and a climate where you could ski and hit the beach in back to back days were also big pluses. I think it would have been a tough place to set down roots, and being there for events like the Northridge earthquake and the Rodney King riots certainly underscored that, but I wouldn’t trade my time there for anything.