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Justin Kiriazis

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • I’m an avid skier and try to make a trip out west once a year.
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    • I loved the electrical portion of my physics class during my senior year of high school.  That interest followed me to college where I pursued a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • My greatest strength is my pursuit of knowledge.  I will go out of my way to learn the physics behind engineering and the reasons behind the code.
  1. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • Convincing my wife to marry me!  In all honesty, I’m eternally grateful that I’m able to share my life with such a fun, loving, smart, and compassionate person as my wife Renee.
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • My greatest professional achievement is co-leading the electrical design for two confidential enterprise data centers of a Fortune 500 company including achieving Tier III Tier Certification of Constructed Facility (TCCF) from the Uptime Institute.
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • I love biking in the summer, skiing in the winter, and attending local sporting events including football and basketball games at my alma mater, the University of Michigan.
  1. What motivates you?
    • It’s incredibly gratifying and very motivational to see your project finally constructed.
  1. What is your #1 professional goal?
    • My top goal is to help lead IDS to future success and to continue and build on our great professional relationships with our clients.

  “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. Wayne Gretzky. ”  – Michael Scott

Jake Gondek

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • My first time flying in an airplane was in 2012 (when I was 18 years old). It was, however, unlike most people’s experience flying due to it being a private flight for the University of Michigan Marching Band. I was a part of the Michigan Marching Band for 4 years, and my first experience performing within the organization was hopping on a plane and flying down to the Dallas Cowboy’s AT&T stadium. There I marched on the field for the Michigan vs Alabama Cowboy Classic. Ironically, our show included the famous Bill Conti song “Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky).” Still to this day one of my favorite marching shows to be a part of.
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    • Being an architect intrigued me for many different reasons. For starters, my grandfather worked as an architect in Detroit. He is the smartest man I know within my family, and it’s easy to be inspired to follow in his footsteps. Furthermore, the profession itself always felt like a perfect balance of art and function. Growing up I embraced the arts through music and drawing. From this I knew that I wanted to be a part of something that embraced creativity. I also felt the need to be grounded by a profession that I was viewed as pragmatic and vital as a public service. Architecture grants me the ability to provide what others need while also embracing form and experience artistically.
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • An influential baseball coach of mine inspired me to always have a good attitude and to always be coachable. I work to apply this mentality to everything I do. Recognize when someone can and wants to help make you a better version of yourself (perhaps professionally, personally, or both). I do value this particular outlook as a strength of mine.
  1. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • This is a very tough question. The CORRECT answer is probably getting married in 2020 despite all the various obstacles that the world obviously threw at us that year. But one thing I am very proud of is hiking to the top of Booth Lake in Vail Colorado. The hike was 10 miles total, and we climbed 12,800 ft up. One of the toughest but most rewarding things I have ever done.
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • One of the first projects I worked on was the University of Michigan Union project (one from my alma mater). This was a great project and an amazing introduction for me into the professional world. Additionally, I am proud to have been a part of projects like the Mott Community College Family Life Center and the Eastern Michigan Student-Athlete Performance Center.
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • My wife and I are both outdoorsy people, so we enjoy hiking, camping, and taking our black lab Geddy for walks. I also love listening to and playing music, so I do go to concerts quite often.
  1. What motivates you?
    • I’ve always viewed this profession as a chance to be a part of something bigger than myself with the goal of creating/changing something that can leave this world in a slightly better place. We have the opportunity to shape spaces that will elicit better environments for those within them. A lot of my projects are schools both at the elementary level and all the way up to collegiate. Because of this, I am motivated to believe my decisions will help those grow and inspire others within these built spaces.
  1. What is your #1 professional goal?
    • I am inspired by those within this firm that seem to be overflowing with knowledge. As I start off my journey of licensure and growth within the company, I would like to one day feel as if I am comparable in knowledge to some of my past mentors. I know that you never stop learning within Architecture, but I do hope to have a great foundation one day.

“We can walk our road together
If our goals are all the same
We can run alone and free
If we pursue a different aim
Let the truth of Love be lighted
Let the love of truth shine clear
Sensibility
Armed with sense and liberty
With the Heart and Mind united
In a single perfect sphere”
– Neil Peart

 

Kristen Campbell

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • I used to race jr. dragsters in middle school.
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    • I love connecting with people. Marketing requires getting to know people and understanding what they are looking for. I also love the creative aspect of it. Marketing material needs to constantly be refreshed and renewed to keep up with the ever-changing world around us. You must continue to work on new ways to approach a problem and think outside the square.
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • I believe my enthusiasm and passion for learning is one of my greatest strengths. I continually push myself to learn as much as I can, especially if I am not familiar with the topic. With this, I have been able to pick up skills quickly and effectively.
  1. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • My most recent personal achievement has been buying a house.
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • Related to IDS, my greatest achievement has been learning about the company while developing proposals and social media content.
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • Outside of work, my main hobby is community theatre. I love being on stage but recently started getting into behind-the-scenes work such as producing, stage managing, and assistant directing. I also enjoy house renovations as I just moved into a new home and we have been spending our time fixing it up.
  1. What motivates you?
    • I’m really driven by results. I like it when I have a concrete goal to meet, no matter how big or small, and I can figure out a strong strategy for accomplishing it.
  1. What is your #1 professional goal?
    • My number one professional goal is to always keep learning and helping others to continue to grow myself and my career.

 

   “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”  – Nora Ephron

Adrian La Tona

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • I’ve seen five volcanoes in person and one eruption! We were on the coast at the time as a storm blew in, all of a sudden, we heard a loud boom as red hot magma shot out the top of the volcano against the dark sky. It felt like we were in a movie.
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    • I discovered architecture through books. I pulled a random book off a library shelf one day, and it turned out to be a copy of Charles Moore’s monograph. I became infatuated with the house he built for himself in California. The drawings, the renderings, the details! I did not know that a building could do those things. So, I kept the book and still have it to this day. I flip through it every now and again as a reminder.
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • Curiosity.
  1. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • Even though I work on athletic projects, I’ve never been much of an athlete. I’m quite the opposite.  The first time I ran ten miles, though, I felt like I truly accomplished something great. I’ve been running consistently ever since.
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • Whatever project I’m working on next. Every project has its triumphs and struggles, it’s important to me to ensure that I grow with each one. That being said, having worked on the largest college indoor practice facility in the country at UND isn’t half bad either.
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • I enjoy anything and everything having to do with a guitar. Whether it is playing, building, or listening, count me in!
  1. What motivates you?
    • Travel has always been a big part of my life. I find exploring new places and collecting experiences both motivating and cathartic.
  1. What is your #1 professional goal?
    •  I want to design good buildings, ones that deeply impact people. The type of building that sticks in someone’s mind and inspires them in their own life.

   “We still do not know what a building can do” – Michael Menser on Lebbues Woods

Mark Reaves

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • I was a below average swimmer in high school but somehow ended up on a relay team that set a varsity record my senior year.  It was broken again later in the year by another group of four, but I still have the certificate saying I set a varsity record.
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    • I grew up on a street where the first four houses were identical, but the four families couldn’t have been more different.  One was a family of four with a horse in their back yard.  The next house one of the individuals was wheelchair bound.  In the third house was an older couple with no kids, and there were seven of us in ours.  Why we all lived in the exact same house was always perplexing to me and I knew there had to be something better out there.
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • Related to our profession, design projects are started because their completion will be a solution to a problem.  The trick is being able to decipher what problem(s) they are trying to solve.  I’ve been told my greatest strength is being able to uncover problems that others don’t realize existed so projects can be designed to address them.
  1. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • Becoming an Eagle Scout at the age of 17.  I would give up my college degrees before I gave that up.  It has opened more doors for me than anything else I have achieved and gave me the confidence to get to where I am today.
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • Being able to renovate the locker room at Notre Dame Stadium.  When Lou Holtz was coach, he asked the University for funds to renovate it at that time, but they refused as they wanted to keep the original locker room that Knute Rockne built.  He didn’t get that opportunity after winning a national title for Notre Dame, but we did!
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • I just enjoy spending time with my wife and kids.  Both my kids are in travel sports (fastpitch softball and baseball) and supporting them at their games has been a great experience over the last four years.
  1. What motivates you?
    • I am motivated by opportunities that generate significant and meaningful change.  The pace of change in our lives appears to be happening faster and faster and the spaces we live and work in can either be designed to support this change or designed to resist it.  Both options are compelling to me but just matching the status quo is not.
  1. What is your #1 professional goal?
    • The goal (dream) that I have had for some time is to design a new Major League Baseball Stadium.  There are only so many opportunities that come up for this one, so it is a long shot but definitely a goal!

 

“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” – Lao Tzu

Nicholas Furgason

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • I started working in the industry as an Architectural CADD technician and worked as a job captain and small project manager for 4 years before I decided to go to school for electrical engineering. I did not switch to EE until my first semester of my internship.
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    •  I fell into this industry after I participated in an experimental ‘school to work’ program with a Timber Frame Design Firm. After high school, I went to a community college and pursued a degree in CADD. After a few diverse types of positions working in CADD, I found a home with an Architecture Firm and have been in the industry ever since.
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • I have always been a detail-oriented person. My background in architecture gives me a unique perspective while working as an electrical designer.
  1. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • Raising my kids (well, still in progress technically).
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement? (Related to IDS)
    • I had the amazing opportunity to participate in IDS’s recent projects with the University of Notre Dame.
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • I enjoy photography and several outdoor activities. My most recent hobby seems to be renovating my house.
  1. What motivates you?
    • Honestly, I have never actually been sure of specific things that motivate me. I have always considered myself a “motivated person,” though. I think that the simplest thing would be to say that “success,” or “seeing a finished product” would be my primary motivations in life.
  1. What is your #1 professional goal?
    • I would like to finish my EE degree.

“To give anything but your best is to waste the gift”  –  Steve Prefontaine

Alexandra Grypinich

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself. 
    • My family is from just outside Montreal, Quebec, so we speak French at home.  
  2. Why did you go into your profession? 
    • I have always been fascinated with our built environment and how we can shape it. I believe architecture is a great balance between creative and technical expression.  
  3. What is your greatest strength? 
    • I believe one of my greatest strengths is my enthusiasm and passion for learning. I continually push myself to learn as much as I can and have been able to pick up skills quickly because of this. 
  4. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work) 
    • Actually being able to hit the softball at my first ever softball game with the IDS squids.  
  5. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS) 
    • As an intern, I would say my greatest achievement so far was completing my first ever project after having almost no experience with Revit. I was able to work through solving problems, communicate effectively with my supervisors, and get the job done, giving me the confidence I needed to move forward.  
  6. What do you enjoy doing outside of work? 
    • Outside of work I love being outdoors (swimming, hiking, etc) and crafting (crocheting, embroidery, jewelry making).  
  7. What motivates you? 
    1. I am motivated by my love for the profession and my hope to lead my generation and future generations into a more sustainable future.  
  8. What is your number one professional goal? 
    • After gaining experience in many difference realms of architecture, I hope to lead a team as a Project Architect and use my knowledge of sustainable construction management to create innovative carbon zero buildings.  

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Opera Winfrey 

Hannah Starnes

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • Interesting / weird fact about me is that I have an affinity for dams. (Yes, so random!) I took an architectural elective on the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) in school that really sparked this interest even more. I enjoyed going around and photographing different dams around me and learning the history that came with them. Then, TVA ended up being one of my clients. It was a full circle – totally nerdy – moment for me!
  2. Why did you go into your profession?
    • I was initially introduced to the profession by my stepmom who is an architect. As I got older, I knew that it was a career I wanted to pursue. I have since felt honored to be a part of impacting and shaping people’s everyday lives through design.
  3. What is your greatest strength?
    • As a designer, I would say one of the most important parts of our job is to have good problem-solving skills. I like to think that I am good at working through issues that pop up during projects – and I usually enjoy working through them, too.
  4. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • My fiancé and I hiked and camped through Zion National Park on a roadtrip across the country. It is not Mount Everest, but we hiked Angel’s Landing and are super proud to say we did such a once in a lifetime hike. It sparked a lifelong bucket list of visiting various National Parks across the country!
  5. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • My greatest professional achievement would be getting NCIDQ certified. It meant a lot to me to have my certification and I was proud that after all the studying, quizzing, etc. that I was able to mark that off my list!
  6. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • When I am not working, I’m most likely outside in the yard, camping, hiking, or playing with the dogs!
  7. What motivates you?
    • I am motivated by the end goal. Because the project timelines in our field are so extensive – what keeps me going is seeing the finished product and how happy our clients are with their new spaces.
  8. What is your #1 professional goal?
    • To create spaces that inspire the people that occupy them while being a good steward of sustainable design.

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” – Dolly Parton

William Jaynes

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • One interesting fact about me would be my first long term job. When I was 16, I took dual enrollment classes at Macomb Community College. I got to know my professor fairly well, she later recommended me to work as a teacher at a homeschool partnership ran by her sister. From the age of 16-20 I worked as a Robotics teacher at a small homeschool partnership in Centerline MI.
  2. Why did you go into your profession?
    • I’ve always enjoyed the creative aspect of Engineering. I went into Electrical specifically because the topic of signals and power was what interested me most in engineering.
  3. What is your greatest strength?
    • One of my greatest strengths would be assertiveness. I was homeschooled from elementary through high school and what that really taught me was how to evaluate problems and figure out how to solve them on my own. It taught me how to critically analyze material.
  4. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • One of my greatest personal achievements was when I was a teacher. I had a student who didn’t have anywhere he felt that he fit. Over the years he spent in my class I helped him develop an interest in creativity and design. His mother told me that taking that class with me is what gave him an interest to pursue in the future.
  5. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • My greatest personal achievement related to IDS would be my personal gain in experience. Before coming to IDS, I had no idea how the drafting world operated. Now I have a good understanding in electrical drafting and the order of operations. I also understand how collaboration works in combining multiple fields to one project.
  6. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • Outside of work I enjoy staying active going to parks or the gym. Cooking and baking are also an interest of mine. Additionally, I like to spend time at my family cabin up north doing kayaking and fishing.
  7. What motivates you?
    • One of my biggest motivations is to strive to be better than I previously was at the task at hand.
  8. What is your number one professional goal?
    • My number one professional goal is to develop experience to every aspect of my job and be able to handle larger responsibilities.

“You are only as free as you think you are, and freedom will always be as real as you believe it to be.” – Robert M. Drake

Colin Murphy

  1. What is one interesting fact about yourself? 
    • My grandfather was once the mayor of Ann Arbor. 
  2. Why did you go into your profession?  
    • I’ve always enjoyed physics and creative challenges.
  3. What is your greatest strength?  
    • I’d like to think I have a strong attention to detail and do a good job of thoroughly investigating and understanding the challenges I take on. 
  4. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)  
    • …a bit cheesy, but I’m most proud of my 3 awesome children.  An achievement in progress, no doubt. 
  5. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)  
    • I’ve been at IDS a relatively short time, but in that time I’m proud to have been able to work on so many successful projects. 
  6. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?  
    • Playing music, disc golf, and anything with the kiddos. 
  7. What motivates you?  
    • I try to be careful what I choose to work on, but when I choose, I figure I might as well try my hardest and make the most out of it. 
  8. What is your #1 professional goal?  
    • To enjoy the work I do and the people I work with… Check! 

Master your instrument.  Master the music.  And then forget all that B.S. and just play. – Charlie Parker