Over the past year, we’ve had two people in our office become licensed architects! It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Charlie Haas and Salvatore (Sam) Moschelli on this great achievement. Becoming licensed is no easy task and requires completing numerous Intern Development Program hours (5,600 to be exact) and passing 7 registration exams (48 hours of testing) after attaining a Masters Degree in Architecture. Although challenging at times, these individuals stayed the course and are officially licensed architects! Join us in congratulating Charlie and Sam.More about the architects:

Charlie Haas, AIA (Featured left)
Growing up helping his father with projects around the house and building together, Charlie developed a love for designing and building models. After attending a two week career discovery program in architecture at the University of Notre Dame, he knew he had found his passion.

Charlie attended the University of Detroit-Mercy from 2005-2010, where he graduated with his Master’s degree in Architecture. Upon graduation, he worked for a general contractor in various capacities, beginning with business development before becoming a project engineer for both the construction and equipment installation divisions. His primary focus was overseeing construction activities on industrial and automotive projects.

Charlie came to IDS in February 2013 during their busiest year to date. Since then, he has had the opportunity to work on projects across multiple market segments, allowing him to continue his growth as an architect. From developing the construction documents to how the team comes together to work through a problem, he feels as though it is the duty of architects to help the clients meet and exceed their own ideas.  Charlie is inspired to continue learning about new products and techniques in order to help surpass the clients’ expectations and his own. He strives to face obstacles head on to come up with successful outcomes. By pushing himself and learning from his experiences, Charlie hopes to continue developing in his roles at IDS.

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

Salvatore (Sam) Moschelli, AIA (Featured right)
The son of a cement man and builder, Sam grew up immersed in the building trades, working on job sites with his father since he was six years old and operating a backhoe tractor at eight. Sam knew from that early age that he wanted to be an architect and immersed himself in art and drafting from the sixth grade onward. The lessons his father taught him as a child while on the job, were to “work smarter, not harder” and that he needed to learn what labor was like growing up so he would appreciate working behind a desk when he was older.  While his friends were working summers at fast food restaurants, Sam was pouring concrete, laying brick, and building houses.

Sam’s philosophy is to design lasting architecture that positively affects the people who interact with it every day, to create a positive impact on the surrounding community and environment, and to aspire to the ideals of leadership, community service, and continual learning in his professional and personal life. Sam has specialized in higher education, student life, fraternity & sorority life, hospitality & resorts, long term disaster relief, single and multi-family residential design, interiors, and pre-fabricated building systems. He has worked on projects in six states throughout the United States as well as the country of Haiti. He has performed project management and administration on projects in excess of $155M and developments with over 500 housing units.

Outside of work, Sam is a fierce advocate and volunteer for the architectural profession and his college fraternity. Whether it’s his work as a founding member of the AIA Detroit Emerging Professionals Committee or lobbying and testifying in front of the State of Michigan House of Representatives or Senate on behalf of licensure timing, Sam has been a committed AIA member since 2004.  He currently handles sponsorship for AIA Detroit and is a key leader of the wildly successful Celebration of Architecture.  Additionally Sam is a 15+ year volunteer and national officer for his college fraternity working closely with universities, alumni and undergraduates across the Midwest.  He is also a past member of the Ferndale Board of Zoning Appeals. Inspired by the lessons of Samuel Mockbee and the Rural studio, Sam aspires to be a Citizen Architect. Sam uses his aspirations to thrive at IDS and to better the community he loves.

Again it’s with great pleasure that we congratulate them on their accomplishments and are extremely proud to have them at IDS.

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