Post by Jess Smith, Director of Human Resources
The Italian architect Renzo Piano says “You cannot be an architect until you are 50 years old.” He is referring to the number of mistakes, mediocre design solutions and errors in judgment that must be made along the road to competence, and eventually expertise.
The practice of architecture is not learned quickly, and requires a lot of patience. The best have had many teachers, and in turn, teach others. At SBA one of the best teachers was Peter Steffian. His willingness to share knowledge, and his enthusiastic encouragement and feedback helped hundreds become better architects and designers.
In 2014, we created the Peter Steffian Mentoring Award as a way to celebrate his contributions, and recognize the firm’s best teachers. Don Luoni, Kirsten Waltz and Bobbe Young are the 2014 recipients of the award. Staff cited their genuine interest in nurturing and developing employees’ skills, rewarding inquiry, and blurring the lines between management and collaboration.
Thanks Don, Bobbe and Kirsten for continuing to give back.