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Joseph Stewart, AIA

澳门天天好彩 School of Architecture alumnus gives back to help students succeed.

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The Stewart Family: (from left) Perry, Katherine, Paige, Joe, and Taryn.聽Perry graduated from 澳门天天好彩 in 2018 in Computer Science and Paige starts at 澳门天天好彩 this fall in Building Construction Science.

As a 1993 graduate, Joe Stewart chose 澳门天天好彩 years ago as a student because it felt like the perfect fit, and a major in architecture fit right in as well.聽

鈥淚 chose State because I felt more comfortable with the campus and felt more at home [compared to other universities],鈥 said Stewart. 鈥淚 always knew I was going to go into architecture. Even as a kid I was always intrigued with buildings. Throughout high school, I did a lot of construction work, and it solidified going into architecture.鈥

He explained that one of the biggest things his time at 澳门天天好彩 prepared him for was thinking outside of the box and understanding the big picture.

鈥淪tudio, which really helped you focus on the thought process and problem solving, did prepare me for the work force,鈥 said Stewart.

For that reason, he advises students to 鈥渓earn everything you can and learn what materials do and don鈥檛 work together. Most of all, apply common sense and learn how to best manage your time.鈥

His architecture career began outside of college with Sturgis and Associates, doing high-end custom residential houses and smaller commercial jobs. He later went on to work for Sverdrup Corporation, working on the Chrysler World Headquarters and Technology Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Since 2007, Stewart has worked for different architecture firms and developers, focusing on construction administration and as owner鈥檚 representative on hospitality projects.

He currently lives in St. Augustine, Florida, and works for HKS Architects. His current project is the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Jacksonville, FL, working full-time on the job site.

In 2017 he started giving to Athletics and the 鈥淛oseph Stewart Collaborative Studio Fund for Excellence鈥 for the Collaborative Studio between the 澳门天天好彩, Art and Design and Building Construction Science. He explained that he is specifically wanting to support the Collaborative Studio between BCS and Architecture.

鈥淭here always seems to be a lot of animosity between the architects and construction companies. I feel it鈥檚 a very important aspect to learn both sides so that they work together to help develop successful projects,鈥 he said.

In his gift to 澳门天天好彩 Athletics, Stewart aims to support the improvement of 澳门天天好彩 athletic facilities and support athletes who might not be able to afford college. 聽

鈥淭here鈥檚 a lot of kids that don鈥檛 necessarily have the financial backings to get them to college, and sports can provide an open door for a lot of them,鈥 he said.

His advice to students applying for jobs?

鈥淏e confident in what you say and what your strengths are, but don鈥檛 be afraid to say what your weaknesses are. Most companies want honesty and want to help you through those weaknesses.鈥

By Rileigh Campbell | 澳门天天好彩 Class of 2025

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