by Tim Alatorre
Posted on October 1, 2010
Steve Grossenbacher (B.Arch ’05, Assoc. AIA, LEED BD+C, EIT) talks about the path that led him to pursue Architecture and Architectural Engineering and we discuss the Las Vegas death ray.
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Rapid Fire Questions:
- Cal Poly or Berkeley or Penn State? Cal Poly
- Autocad or Revit? Revit
- Parallel bar or T-Square? Parallel
- Facebook or LinkedIn or MySpace? Facebook
- Arch Record, Arch Digest, or Architect? Architect
- Drafting dots or tape? Tape
- Yellow trace or white? cocktail napkin
- Ad Markers or Prisma? Prisma
- Pen or Pencil? Pencil
- Mac or PC? MAC
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- Cal Poly Bachelor of Architecture, 2006. Penn State Masters in Science in Architectural Engineering, 2007
- Why are you in VA?
- Works for Clark Nexsen… just over 3 years, worked on a wide array of projects
- Large office with 6 locations
- Currently working on a library/faculty lounge type building at a community college
- Travelling right now to work on an army corps headquarters base
- He’s the Revit guide for his office so he gets to travel around helping out other offices
- What’s with all the letters after your name?
- EIT – Engineer in Training: it’s the first step in getting your Engineer License, you take a fundamentals exam
- Currently working towards licensure? progress?
- In the midst of his AREs (he’s taken and passed 2, his third is coming up)
- He’s doing his IDP in Washington D.C.
- Why Engineering?
- He wanted to understand how buildings worked structurally
- The idea of being the bridge between Engineering and Architecture was always appealing to him
- It’s nice being able to speak both languages
- The experience of studying engineering was a complete 180 from studying architecture
- He likes to focus on how to use the two professions together rather than let them conflict
- How did Cal Poly Architecture program contribute to a Masters program in Engineering?
- The program prepared him well
- Long term goals?
- Would like to move into a Project Manager/Architect position, get an overview on the whole practice and firm to learn everything about the process
- Maybe someday have his own firm, but he’s really happy where he is now and doesn’t see a move anytime soon
- Advice for incoming Cal Poly students?
- Don’t give up, if you want it you can get it
- Make it happen for yourself
- Don’t get frustrated, just push harder
- Advice for graduating Cal Poly students?
- If you’re seeking your Masters, now may be a good time to do it with the economy in the current state
- Don’t sell yourself short, apply to grad schools or move to that big city and make it happen
- Anything you wish you would have done while you were at Cal Poly?
- Wished he would have focused more on drawing and sketching so he’d have better skills in that area