After interning at WBA during his fifth year of architecture school, Jake officially joined the team after graduating last year. He was drawn to the collaborative environment, the wide range of projects, and is excited by the work WBA contributes to his community.

What made you want to be an architect?

Growing up I’ve always had an interest in art and design, and a trip to Barcelona in 9th grade sparked my interest in architecture. I had strongly considered a major in architecture but was eventually scared away by the “horror” stories of it. So upon high school graduation, I ended up pursuing a major in biomedical engineering. After a year of painful chemistry classes and a desire for some creativity in my life, I realized the mistake I had made. I changed my major and began my architecture journey the following summer, and I immediately knew it was the best decision I could have ever made. 

What’s your favorite project you’ve worked on so far?

I have enjoyed being a part of the team working on the recent Greek housing projects. Through these projects, I have been able to learn so much about architecture and design in the “real world,” and these projects have allowed me to dabble in all stages of the design process. 

Any advice for architecture students?

I would say enjoy the design freedom you have in school and don’t be afraid to explore new and unusual ideas. 

What can we find you doing when you’re not working?

When I’m not working, you can find me spending time with friends and family and my dog Mochi. You’ve also probably seen me reading at one of Jackson’s finest coffee shops. Most recently though, I am pursuing my new interest in baking. I have now mastered a fantastic chicken pot pie. HMU for the recipe. 

What’s one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned as part of Team WBA?

A major lesson I’ve learned at WBA is time management. I have been able to learn how to manage multiple projects at a time that are undergoing different stages of the design process.