Manual People Spotlight (not associated with the automated daily one).

Jeff Johnson

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • I ran myself over with a full-size van when I was a small child. That is a fact.
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    • Edward Garza, a neighborhood friend of mine, said that my childhood home wasn’t designed properly because the work triangle in the kitchen was too big. Being prideful of the fact that my father renovated our kitchen on his own, I told him that he didn’t know what he was talking about. I entered the 9th grade with the goal of proving Eddie wrong. According to the drafting books, he was correct; however, architecture is more than just simply rotating your pencil while drawing and learning a couple of rules out of a book…right?
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • I’d have to say grip followed by persistence and stamina to push beyond the obvious solutions to create something extraordinary.
  1. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • My greatest personal achievement has yet to be accomplished. As I’ve contemplated this question, I’m careful not to suggest that my greatest achievement to date is all I must give. I am proud of several things, however. I’m proud of my family, my drive to solve problems, my desire to help or coach others, my quest to be empathetic and be stubborn all at the same time, and many others. I am also somewhat proud to have persevered on how to use a three-axis CNC router machine to engrave on a tapering cylindrical object.
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • Becoming an architect is likely my greatest professional achievement. While the apparent role of an architect is easy to understand, the less apparent roles have allowed me to succeed in our profession and have given me an opportunity to work with amazing clients. Some of my clients view me as a project psychiatrist, optometrist, and/or cheerleader.
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • I enjoy staying busy when I’m not at work, and most people would think our lives are borderline chaotic. My time is often taken up by opportunities to develop professional skills in a more non-traditional way. Leadership development, business acumen, design exploration, and investment strategies are satisfied and honed with coaching baseball, creating crafts, renting properties, and exploring concepts of generational wealth.
  1. What motivates you?
    • I’m mostly motivated and inspired by amazing designers that take simple thoughts or words and create beautiful objects. My most rewarding experiences are when clients tell us they couldn’t have ever imagined their project to be so amazing.
  1. What is your #1 professional goal?
    • I would like to hopefully move the needle of our profession by inspiring others to seek out meaningful design engagements to generate thoughtful architecture that is responsive to the current and future needs of society.

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”  – Wayne Gretsky

Tracey Johnston

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • I have a Black belt in Tae Kwon Do
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    • When I was in high school I was very interested in design and actually had a class in Interior Design.  I was drawn to interiors for how a space can affect people both positively and negatively.  Luckily my counselor knew that Michigan State had a CIDA accredited Interior Design program and suggested I check it out.  I went home that day and told my Mom I was going to MSU!
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • Honesty
  1. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • Being a mom to my son Max.
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • Working on the MSU Football office renovation was really exciting.  I am especially proud to have been a part of the team that just won new work at the Duffy football building.   While I am a football fan, it’s most gratifying as an alum give back to the place that gave me my professional start.  I also serve on the Advisory Board for the Interior Design program at MSU.
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • I love spending time with my husband Greg and son Max.  I also enjoy gardening and landscaping at home.   We bought a neglected house a few years back and while it’s a work in progress I love bringing it back to life little by little.
  1. What motivates you?
    • Delivering a successful project for the people that inhabit the spaces I design.
  1. What is your #1 professional goal?
    • My overarching goal as an Interior Designer is to contribute at a level that elevates the perception of our profession beyond the selection of colors and finishes.

“You know something is well designed when it has functional and emotional value”  – Unknown

Dirk Greene

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • I truly love the art of woodworking. I have a garage full of wood working tools and love making cabinets and other hand-crafted items.
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    • Ever since I could remember I knew I wanted to go into the field of engineering. From an early age I have always enjoyed problem solving. I also had a grandfather and a few family members that were in the engineering field as well who always taught me to work hard until the job is complete.
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • My greatest strength in life is determination. From my work to my personal life, I have always pushed myself when things get tough to achieve the goals I want to accomplish for myself. I have learned that hard work is worth it in the end.
  1. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • The most recent personal achievement would be creating a seven foot tall maple cabinet for my father-in-law.
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • I have been fortunate, as most of us have been here at IDS, to work on a wide variety of projects. From a professional achievement, I have been fortunate to work on several Data Centers, most at FCA/Stellantis Plants and one at ITC Holdings. They have been very interesting and rewarding projects before, after and during design!
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • Throughout the year I really enjoy golfing, playing basketball, hunting, fishing, and spending time up north with my wife and puppy!
  1. What motivates you?
    • At work, final construction designs are what motivates me the most. Seeing the end design of each project is always worth the time and effort I put in.
  1. What is your #1 professional goal?
    • My professional goal is to become a licensed mechanical engineer, PE. Step one is done as I passed the FE. Still working hard and studying to pass the next exam!

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”  

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Announcing a New Scholarship!

The Michigan Architectural Foundation is pleased to announce a new scholarship, in partnership with IDS, available to Michigan architectural students. The Paul Stachowiak & Integrated Design Solutions scholarship is available to Michigan students enrolled in architecture programs of Michigan universities.

Find more information on Michigan Architectural Foundation’s website here.

Emily Trevarrow

Emily Trevarrow has earned LEED Green Certification

We are proud to announce Emily Trevarrow, who joined the IDS interiors department in the summer of 2019, has earned a LEED Green Certification.  Sustainable design is at the forefront of our work, and we are excited to see how Emily continues to integrate these valuable skills into projects going forward.  Congratulations, Emily!