One of the little perks about being a small studio is this: When we add a new team member, it’s a VERY BIG DEAL. A new team member brings fresh perspectives and unique experiences that ultimately add more value to our projects. And treats. More treats.
That’s why we are thrilled to introduce you to our latest hire: Deyglis Becker!
Deyglis joins Studio GWA as an Architectural Designer with a broad range of both new construction and adaptive reuse projects. She is especially proud of her church-focused architectural services; the task of enhancing an existing gathering space and making the most of every square foot to accommodate guests comfortably is certainly relevant to the projects we do!
Ashley Sarver, Partner and Senior Urban Planner at Studio GWA, asked Deyglis a few ‘get to know you’ questions. We are thrilled to have Deyglis Becker on our team, and hope you have the opportunity to work with her sometime!
AS: Hey Hey! We’re pretty excited to have you on our team. What led you to want to work at Studio GWA?
DB: I was interested in the variety of projects that Studio GWA is involved in. Historic preservation, adaptive re-use, etc., and the opportunity to expand my knowledge in those project types in the architectural field. Very excited to have joined the team.
AS: You are fairly new to the position, just one month in. Tell us what type of work has been keeping you busy thus far?
DB: A lot of drawing existing conditions. It is fun! I love it.
AS: What type of projects do you most enjoy doing/are passionate about and why?
DB: I love doing renovation work. It always amazes me how a place can be transformed from uninhabitable to inhabitable that it is almost unrecognizable.
AS: When you’re in this field of work, it seems you can’t help but notice details about buildings when you’re out and about in your daily life. What are some of the things that you always notice when you’re exploring a place for the first time?
DB: Oh, I thought I was the only one! If the structure is exposed, I love to stare and study the connections of the beams/columns. All intricate details in any older buildings, like carvings, sculptures, entablatures, etc. and circulation.
AS: We first met you when you were a student at Judson, looking at a design for here in Rockford. Tell us a little bit more about the project and your inspiration for the design!
DB: I worked on an ecology center proposal on the current site of the Jo Behr iron and metal recycling center. Inspired by nature itself, I used the concept of mushrooms which grow from decaying organisms, and represent rebirth, rejuvenation and regeneration and applied that same concept to my project, bringing life to this site, restoring the site to a natural habitat to help bring back wildlife.
AS: When you’re not here in the office, what do you like to do for fun?
DB: Sleep. Practice karate. And swim!
Feel free to drop Deyglis a line and say hello!
“My experience has taught me how essential it is to deliver projects that are both meaningful and values-driven.”