Lucas joined WBA fresh out of college and has a passion for good design that centers around people. Lucas, a Double Springs, Alabama native, gained experience as a summer intern, drafting guidelines for schools for the State of Alabama and designing architectural renderings for the University of Alabama. He spends his time outside of work cooking, playing piano, participating in community events, and playing with his labradoodle, Finn. 

What made you pursue architecture?
I have always been (and still am) a Lego fanatic. Both of my grandads where in the construction industry and I think I inherited by curiosity, ingenuity, and passion for design from them. I entered my college years on a different career path, but after shadowing an architect during Spring Break of my freshman year, I was hooked!

What advice do you have for students pursuing a career in architecture?
Enjoy the process and have fun! Allow yourself to explore your personal interests. There is a freedom in school that is difficult to replicate once you graduate.

What do you find the most challenging part of a career in architecture?
The most challenging aspect is learning to juggle multiple projects in multiple stages. The toughest days are those where I have to work on several projects in the same day.

What drew you to WBA? 
I became familiar with several projects while living in Jackson during my fifth year of Architecture school. The diversity of work in WBA’s portfolio, their design philosophy, and the energy and environment in the firm is what enticed me to stay in Jackson and become a part of the WBA team.

What has been your most rewarding project to date?
The Wellness Center at University of Southern Mississippi. It was the first project I worked on my first day on the job. It has been very rewarding to work on a project from conception to construction so early in my career!