Adam Thomason, AIA, works at Omniplan as a project architect. He graduated from the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. The majority of Thomason's work has been in commercial retail and multifamily residential projects. Currently, he is working on construction administration of a mall renovation in Littleton, Colorado. His interests include running, hiking, camping, sports, and riding his scooter around town.
Where did you grow up?
That's a tough question for an Army brat. I was born in Iran and eventually ended up in San Antonio. In between that time, “home” has included Ft. Sam Houston, Texas; Columbus, Georgia; Woodbridge, Virginia; West Berlin, Germany; and Colorado Springs, Colorado. I've stayed in Texas since graduating from Texas A&M.
If you were not an architect, what other profession would you have pursued?
Looking back, I probably would have pursued something with statistics. I'm intrigued by stats and their ability to be manipulated by tweaking the formula slightly. Maybe I would have been an odds-maker in Las Vegas for a sportsbook, or something a little more traditional, like an actuary. Of course, remembering high school calculus and structures class at Texas A&M, I probably know why my life didn't go that route.
What is your favorite time of year?
Fall. When the weather starts cooling off, a pot of chili on the stove, your favorite football team on the TV, and a fire pit going in the backyard can't be beat.
Pen, pencil, or computer?
Pen and computer — I like to start of with pen on paper. I think it's the quickest way to get ideas flowing out there. Putting pen to paper is the best way to get the big picture. After that point, I prefer the computer to clean it up and solve the little details.
Beer, wine, or cocktail — what is your drink of choice?
It depends on the occasion, but usually you'll find me enjoying a local draft beer on a patio somewhere with my wife and two dogs.
What type of advice would you offer to young professionals?
The best advice I received early in my career was to propose a solution for a problem before asking for the answer. I think it shows initiative and can lead to unique solutions. Also, pick up the phone or talk face to face with people. Emails are great, but personal contact is usually clearer and quicker. It’s a good idea to document the discussion with a follow-up email to recall later.
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