Employee Spotlight: Jeffrey Torres, Project Architect
Helpful, Approachable, Collaborative, Hilarious, Caffeine Addict
First and foremost, congratulations go out to Jeffrey Torres, who recently earned his architectural license in November! As our newest licensed architect, Jeffrey is the 28th registered architect on the SHP team.
An inspired designer, strong collaborator and one of our resident caffeine addicts, Jeffrey’s no stranger to putting in long hours to secure an advanced certification. He worked full-time while earning his Master’s Degree in architecture from the Academy of Art University—a process he admits was “a struggle,” and needed to be celebrated by none other than a trip to Vegas.
“My friends took me to Vegas to celebrate after submitting my final thesis. For hours, I was both laughing and crying due to exhaustion and alleviating stress!”
Jeffrey’s chosen career reflects his equal parts left-brain/right-brain approach to his work. He takes pride in working with clients to pinpoint their goals and translate them into the built environment, especially during the schematic design phase. And, as one of his favorite quotes—“Nothing incredible was ever accomplished by playing it safe”—suggests, he loves to take risks with his designs by celebrating and incorporating cultural and artistic inspirations into his work.
“I get inspired by other creative art fields and keep a photo journal to reference in my design,” he explains. “I like to translate those abstract inspirations into the built environment. From the textures an artist creates on a canvas, to the pleating technique of a garment, to a chef’s presentation of a meal, different mediums inspire me to think differently about materials, building form and composition.”
A key member of our Columbus team, Jeffrey has worked on a variety of educational clients for SHP. He played a large role in two recently completed projects: Shawnee Elementary School in Springfield, Ohio and a new child care center for Columbus State Community College. Jeffrey is currently contributing to the design of the ongoing building program for Pickerington Local Schools.
Outside of work, time with family and friends fills Jeffrey’s tank. “I have such a creative collective of friends and family who constantly inspire me,” he says. He also loves going to the gym—which he describes as “almost an act of meditation”—walking and hiking with his dog, and attending sporting events, art shows and theater performances.
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