Associate Architect Russ Markle is drawn to work that requires critical thinking and creative solutions. At WBA, his positivity, 
attention to detail, and strong work ethic strengthen our firm. 

Tell us a little about where you come from.
I'm originally from Vicksburg, MS, where my mother was a school librarian and my dad was a coastal hydraulics engineer.

What made you decide to pursue architecture?
Even as a kid, I was drawn to creative pursuits such as making art and problem solving. The school of architecture seemed 
like a place where I could focus and direct my talents and interests towards a fulfilling career path.

Do you have any advice for students considering architecture?
Architecture is a very intense and focused program, and it can leave you very little time to be social. While difficult, 
it's important to find a proper balance between studies and life. Get out of the Architecture building, make friends, 
and retain those contacts. Success in our profession is not always about what you know, but also who you know.

What has been the most rewarding project you’ve worked on at WBA?
The new Health & Wellness Center at the University of the South at Sewanee. It has all the good stuff - the renovation of a 
historic building, contemporary addition, complex construction detailing, and a wonderful client group.

What’s your favorite thing(s) about being a part of WBA?
Working with a staff of talented peers on a great variety of projects.

When you aren’t at work, what can we find you doing?
Playing with my sons, Johnston and George, or grilling for family and friends.