An Interview With Beth Concha, Project Designer at EVstudio

by evstudio on July 6, 2009

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WHAT POSITION DO YOU CURRENTLY HOLD AT EVSTUDIO?

I have been a Project Designer with EVstudio since April 2008.  I am involved in nearly every project phase including: client programming meetings, schematic design, construction documents, structural design, and construction administration.  I work on a variety of projects from beginning to end and do my best to ensure the process goes smoothly and the client is happy.

WHAT ARE SOME RECENT PROJECTS THAT YOU’VE WORKED ON AND WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PROJECT TYPE?

I have been involved in a number of projects since starting at EVstudio, some including: the Gardner, Pierce, Andrews,  Rigo & Patel Residences, Rawley Wash Park Remodel, a few Honka Log homes, multiple remodels at the University of Denver, various tenant finish projects at Bergen Village, remodel for Pink Fog Photography Studio, Retail/Medical Office Building in Killeen Texas, and the Lagos Market Remodel.

Although I also enjoy commercial projects, my favorite project type to work on is residential simply because it’s fun for me.  I’ve been interested in the design of homes since before I knew I wanted to be an architect.  I like creating spaces and residential design offers the ability to create space on a more personal level.  I really enjoyed working on the remodel we did for the Rawley’s in Wash Park.  It’s fascinating to see the original structure and how homes used to be constructed.  I also enjoy envisioning the potential an old house has to becoming something great.

WHAT UNIVERSITIES DID YOU ATTEND?

I graduated from CU-Boulder in 2006 with a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Design.  I then enrolled in the Master’s program at CU-Denver and received my Master’s of Architecture in December of 2007.

WHERE WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE TRIP?

My most memorable trip was studying a semester in Italy in the Fall of 2005.  I studied in both Florence and Rome, Florence being my favorite.  I studied Beginning Italian, Italian Art & Architecture History, and took an advanced Design Studio.  While in Italy I also visited Pisa, Livorno, Siena, Rimini, Venice, Vicenza, and Orvieto.  I will never forget the amazing experience and look forward to visiting again.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE JOB (BESIDES EVSTUDIO)?

My favorite job, besides EVstudio, would have to be as a barista at Gelato d’Italia in Cherry Creek North.   My favorite part was the free gelato and the long summer lines out the door.

WHAT’S YOUR HOMETOWN?

I was born in Arlington, VA and lived there until I was 5, until my parents’ job brought us to Denver.  I still consider Denver my hometown.

FAVORITE SPORT(S)?

Since I was young I was always involved in different sports from soccer and basketball to gymnastics, ballet, and kick-boxing, but my favorite sport to play is definitely fast-pitch softball.  I love pitching and playing first base.

ARCHITECT YOU’D LIKE TO MEET (INCLUDING DECEASED)?

Antoni Gaudi- I visited some of his buildings in Barcelona and would’ve liked to ask him about the concepts behind his unusual designs.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES?

I am involved with the AIA Denver Housing Committee where I helped plan the second annual How to Work with an Architect event for Architecture Month 2009. I also volunteer on a continuous basis for different outreach programs through my church as well as other charitable organizations.

WHAT DO YOU FIND YOURSELF DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

I enjoy anything having to do with the outdoors and water; swimming, jet-skiing, hiking, basketball, softball, fast-pitching, batting cages, city biking, walking the dog, happy hour with friends, coffee shops, bargain shopping, cooking, jogging at Wash Park, spending time with family, trying new restaurants, picnicking, and of course traveling.

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