Get to know our intern architect Keegan Thompson

Get to know our intern architect Keegan Thompson! Keegan has been with us since 2016, and we weren’t surprised when he was named Emerging Professional of the Year this year by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

What does this recognition mean to you?

It means that what I am doing to help my community is making a difference. It also helps give me a platform to promote EPIC and all the great things that we do for Columbia.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

At first, I wanted to be a dolphin trainer because I was obsessed with dolphins. But pretty early on I knew I wanted to be an architect.

What is your dream architectural project?

A library. I love reading, and getting to create a space specifically for the storage, sharing, and enjoyment of knowledge would be amazing.

Favorite building material to incorporate into the design?

Metal. I have always wanted to add a sculptural metal skin to a building. Artist, Ned Kahn, has done some amazing wind activated facades for a few buildings.

Who is your favorite architect? 

Santiago Calatrava. His buildings are more sculptural and have large operable pieces that continuously change the experience of his buildings throughout the day.

Are there any unusual or quirky skills you have developed after years of work in this industry?

I can type pretty well with just my left hand. I use a lot of keyboard shortcuts throughout the day and I use only my left hand for all of those.

What do you do for fun?

I usually paint, cook, or hang out with my friends.

What project have you worked on that you are most proud of?

The Special Olympics of Missouri Training for Life Campus in Jefferson City. It will benefit so many people in the state. Sadly, it was hit by the tornado this spring and is currently being renovated to repair all the damage.

What sustainable features do you often recommend to clients? 

I usually try to get solar panels, low flow toilets, and ground source heat pumps.

Do you prefer starting a project from scratch or renovation projects?

It depends. I like starting from scratch, but renovating a building is fun in its own right. It allows us to help preserve a building for people to enjoy.

Favorite season in Columbia and why?

I really like fall in general. I enjoy getting out in nature and seeing all the leaves changing colors.

Most bingeable TV show?

Netflix’s “Explained”.

Favorite restaurant in Columbia?

Barred Owl.

Who would play you in a movie?

Michael Chikliss.

Early bird or night owl?

Night owl.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pho.

Let’s pretend time travel exists. When would you go first?

1848-1855 and take part in the Gold Rush.

Do you collect anything? What and why?

I collect shot glasses from everywhere I go because they are small and easily fit in luggage.

What do you love most about your job?

Getting to make an impact on the future of Columbia by helping its businesses realize their goal of amazing spaces.

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