Employee Spotlight: Andrew Wiechen
December 11, 2018
Architect One is a team of passionate, creative individuals who apply the same tenacity to their work and personal passions. This perfectly describes Andrew Wiechen, who is a Senior Project Manager and Partner with our firm. Andrew’s appreciation of fine art and study of various techniques shows up in his management of complex details throughout his workday. We had him share a bit about his process and where art and architecture overlap for him!
Andrew: I arrive early each morning to review and mark up drawings for team members to work on for the day. My daily experience varies greatly based upon the phasing of projects that I oversee. Some days I may be in the office all day working on project concepts, developing cost analysis, programming of spaces, writing specification, reviewing pay requests, shop drawings, product submittals, answering questions that have come up per individual projects, and mentoring team members on all facets of the profession. Other days I am meeting with clients, listening to their ideas and goals so that we can design to meet all of their needs. I also visit job sites and meet with general contractors to make sure that everything is built to specification, on time and on budget. I am a problem solver that has a unique ability to think outside of the box using typical and nontypical means and methods of construction.
Andrew: My fascination with art started in the mid-80s when I first saw an episode of Mark Kistler’s “The Secret City” on PBS. At the time, I was 8 years old and remember practicing the concept of 3D drawings and basic techniques that Mark was teaching. His lessons included anything from drawing a simple 3D cylinder to utopian worlds. That was the catalyst that sparked my admiration for art, and architecture as well.
Andrew: My obsession and appreciation for all things palpable grew from there. Whether it is Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Batlló aka “House of Bones”, a High Renaissance painting where artists handmade their own oil paints from ground-up pigments, the minimalist approach of Danish modern furniture by Koefoed or Pearsall, or even the complex simplicity of “Vantablack” by Surrey NanoSystems. All provoke a different feeling depending on the individual who is observing them and that is why art has grown into the Sampo that connects everything in my life.
We are honored to have someone with Andrew’s passion and creativity be part of our Team!
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