I ENTERED ARCHITECTURE BECAUSE I ASPIRED TO SCULPT THE SPACES THAT PEOPLE INTERACT WITH.

Jon Gripka

ASSOCIATE & DIRECTOR OF DESIGN, AIA

BRR ARCHITECTURE

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University of Kansas

What's been your most rewarding project(s) while at your firm?

The Children’s Mercy Hospital Gift Shop was my most rewarding design. This project was done for a Children’s Hospital, and BRR was tasked with upgrading the existing gift shop to something that would be fun, interactive, and serve as a showpiece for the hospital. 

We were able to develop a design that not only created a unique and impressionable feeling for the space, but were able to accomplish this in a space that was very tight and had many challenges. This project was rewarding because we designed a beautiful space that serves as a reprieve for children who have been admitted to the hospital and their families, as well as staff who attend to those children. We feel that this space will continue to provide beauty and joy in an environment where that is often needed the most.

Most interesting place you've traveled for work?

I don’t often travel for work, given that my tasks are generally performed at the early stages of a project and can be accomplished largely using video conferencing technology. So, my answer is pretty generic and unimpressive – Chicago.

What inspires you about your profession?

Our former CEO Chris Rhea once mentioned that BRR has likely designed or produced at least one building that every citizen of this country has interacted with at some point in their lives. I entered architecture because I aspired to sculpt the spaces that people interact with and are proud of, and participating in commercial and retail design gives me the opportunity to fulfill that desire on a variety of different scales and in a variety of different locations.

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