BRANDON RUHL

Designer | Project Architect | Manager

The Inspiration

I grew up building custom classic cars with my dad as his career. I always enjoyed figuring out how things went together and learning how to use different tools to get something done. Later in high school, I took some drafting classes and really enjoyed getting to draw potential house designs. And I was good at it. So much so that my teacher would pay me to produce house plans that he could sell to local housing developers. Finally, between architectural studies and internship in a commercial firm throughout college, I knew I was destined to be an architect. I now find great joy in the realization of building designs and the direct affect that they can have on our communities and their built environments.

The Education

Bachelor of Architecture, Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional with a Building Design + Construction Specialty (LEED AP BD+C. 2011); member of the American Institute of Architects

The Work

I manage a project from schematic design all the way through a 12-month walk through post occupancy. I strive to define the best solution to a client’s architectural need, maintain the best possible design within the client’s budget and foresee that the building is delivered to them as intended. I am active in the Arkansas Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. Outside of the office, I design custom single-family residential homes. I believe architecture at this smaller scale provides a more intimate relationship with an owner and keeps me sharp, with trends and costs in that market.