Employee Spotlight – RJ Lopez, AIA
RJ joined PSC in 2010 after graduating from Texas Tech University with a Master in Architecture, but also a Visualization Certificate. With this added knowledge, he has been able to produce many 3D representations to help clients better understand the design intention. Being in the K-12 studio, he has a firm understanding of School projects ranging from Design Development to Construction Administration. RJ is from Lubbock, would love to do an ‘undercover boss’ type situation and work a day in each PSC employee’s shoes, and is 8% African American, according to his Ancestry.com DNA test.
Tell us a little about yourself. I spent the first half of my life in the north DFW area with my dad and the second half of my childhood in Lubbock with my mom. During that time, I attended a Montessori school in Plano, a public middle school in Plano, Trinity Christian for junior high in Lubbock and Coronado high school in Lubbock. That being said, I was training to be a K-12 architect before I even knew that there was such a specialty out there.
How did you first learn about PSC? I first learned about PSC in Architecture school at Tech. It was touted as a great local firm to join by multiple professors and students.
Before working at PSC, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? Selling brand name shoes at the Lubbock flea market.
What has been your favorite project at PSC? The West Texas Food Bank projects have been really rewarding to be a part of. Their projects were fun to be a involved with since their mission/vision is rock solid and they were always pushing us creatively. Building re-use, solar panels, gardens, greenhouses, water collection tanks, recycled pallets and oil drums, glowing walls, and fun colors are just a few attributes that pushed these facilities to the top of the list.
Tell us a little about your family. I met my amazing wife, Kristen, 14 years ago at a church picnic when we were both 15. We started dating months later. This was by far the best thing that ever happened to me. Second on the list, was the birth of our son, Everett, on November 1, 2015.
Tell us three things most people don’t know about you. 1.) I can wiggle my ears; 2.) I have broken both of my ankles; and 3.) I have flown in an airplane over 500 times (I would fly round trip between Lubbock and Dallas every weekend from age four to twelve.)
What celebrity do people think you look like? My wife says Dillon McDermott, but I think that is just to make her feel better while sitting next to me and drooling over him on the screen.
What did you want to be when you grew up? Architect
What phobias do you have? I have a fear of my teeth becoming loose and falling out that stems from a repetitive dream that I have had since I could remember.
What TV show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? Now that I think about it, I seem to only watch TV shows that I am ashamed of such as Project Runway, Greys Anatomy, and Million Dollar Listing.
What would you like to be famous for? Helping to improve the quality of life for all those that are influenced by my actions.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without? My wife and I joke that we like wine too much to become alcoholics because then we couldn’t drink it anymore.