Thomas Meyer - Alumni Stories from the Department of Architecture | Judson University Christian College

Jonathan Krager

Thomas Meyer

Architecture, 2006
Project Architect/Project Manager
Aspen Design, Inc.
Elgin, IL

 

What do you do in your current job and what do you enjoy about it?
At my current job, I manage the technical aspects of architectural design projects, including construction type decisions, consultant coordination and collaboration, building code analysis, life safety compliance, and conditional use tasks. I also help out in construction detailing, shop drawing, and submission review and approval. Another aspect of my job is managing teams for project execution. This part of my job includes making hardware schedules, overseeing site, MEP, and structural design, and conducting existing condition surveys.

How did your Judson experience influence you professionally? What were your favorite parts of being a Judson student?
My Judson University experience was very well rounded. The architecture program had a very strong design and graphics component as well as very strong building systems, structural systems and architectural history components.

What are the strengths of your major/program at Judson?
Judson’s Architecture program teaches well-developed sketching, mathematics, writing skills, and digital tool skills. All of which are critical for success as an architect and useful every day to me in the work I do.

What advice can you give to current and prospective students about their time at Judson?
An architecture student must be skilled at drafting on a table with a pencil and a straight edge. Along with technical skill, students must understand architectural theory to know how good drawings should appear and how to build at least simple structures. My advice is to pay close attention to your Judson professors. They know what they are talking about and the skills they teach will help you to have credibility with the non-architect, construction, and developer communities.

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