Aaron J. Speaks, AIA

associate architect

Architecture is more than merely building. It is about our relationships to each other and to the world around us. Meaningful architecture is a vessel – of light, of space, of materials – a body sensitive to the lives and needs of those who experience it.

I received my Bachelor of Architecture in 2009 from the Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art, and Design. The program is firmly rooted in teaching foundations of conjectural design work: encouraging students to resist reductive problem solving habits by embracing the requisite uncertainty and risk of any creative work and engaging in independent, critical thinking in order to make cogent architectural judgments. I supplemented my design-oriented architectural education with construction experience. That experience has been an invaluable demonstration that good design is never absent thoughtful detailing which takes into account both tectonics and the physical constraints of building.

I believe that good design and subsequently good architecture stems from hard work, rigorous and thoughtful questioning, and a willing responsiveness toward unexpected discoveries.