Associate Brian Wiginton enjoys the challenge of working on a wide breadth of projects while drawing on the knowledge of architects with other skill sets. Brian’s experience working in many firms on varying project types gives him a unique perspective. Today, join us as we get to know Brian a little better.
Where are you from?
I grew up in northwest Alabama in the small-is town of Florence (the Renaissance City!) on the Tennessee River.
What inspired you to pursue this line of work?
My grandfather was a land surveyor so I became fascinated by technical drawing/drafting at an early age. My grandmother was his office manager so I spent a lot of summers hanging out at his office a lot. As I got older, into high school, I got pretty good at math and at problem solving, logical thinking, etc., like my grandfather. But, I was a pretty creative kid too, so architecture seemed like a natural fit. Once I visit the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University and saw the drawings and models students were making, there was no going back.
What has been one of your most rewarding projects and why?
I could answer this a few different ways depending on how one wants to define “rewarding,” but I would probably have to say Dude Noble Field. I was the construction documents manager for that job, and it was by far the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. It’s wild to see it almost completed – they’ve been through a whole baseball season in that stadium already, and sometimes I still can’t believe it’s real.
What do you like best about being a part of Team WBA?
Everyone at the office brings something unique and useful to the table, which is rare to find. Also, they’re probably the only people in Jackson who could tolerate seeing me five days a week.
What would be your dream project?
I’ve had the opportunity to work on a ton of different types of buildings throughout my career, so that’s a difficult question. I did a lot of library work when I lived in Philly, and I really enjoyed those. I’d like to do another library some time. I like a lot of the work contemporary landscape architects are doing right now, so collaborating on a big, modern urban park would be really fun too.