Principal Spotlight – Dan Hart, FAIA, PE
Dan is PSC’s Higher Education Sector Director and serves on PSC’s Board of Directors. Dan is a believer in higher education and, in particular, the liberal arts. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Schreiner University. His experience includes extensive collaborative work with groups in both master planning and design including the award-winning Dollye Neal Chapel at Midland College, the Brown Secondary Building at Midland Christian School, and the Library Lecture Center at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Dan is also a dedicated advocate for the profession having served as President of the Texas Society of Architects, as Regional Director of The American Institute of Architects, and numerous other committees advancing architecture in Texas. Dan is currently the moderator of the AIA’s National Strategic Council. With registration as an architect and professional engineer, Dan served as an adjunct instructor of architectural engineering for senior level architecture students at Texas Tech University for four years. In 2014, Dan was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows. Dan is from Seymour, Texas, the best Harry Potter impersonator in PSC history, and would like to see Steve Carell cast as him in a movie about his life.
How did you hear about PSC? In school. [He is a Texas Tech Red Raider!]
Tell us a little about yourself. I love reading, travel, and running long distances very slowly.
What does Building Community mean to you? A thoughtfully considered place can have a profound impact in drawing people together into meaningful relationships. Building Community is about making those places.
Why did you choose PSC? I wanted to be a part of a firm that thinks big and responds differently—a firm that, at its core, makes community in and through community.
Why did you decide to be an Architect? There’s no other profession I know that does more to help people live out their intentions, their dreams or their vision in the physical world.
Before working at PSC, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? I worked as a laborer in a stock yard. I fed, herded, vaccinated and removed various body parts of cattle.
What is a unique and/or interesting tidbit about yourself that you might bring up in a conversation with a client or potential client over coffee? I was raised as a child of missionaries in Beirut, Lebanon.
If you could pick one theme for PSC to turn into a book about the company, what would it be? A good firm that became great.
What has been your favorite project at PSC? Chapel at Midland College. It is the smallest new building I’ve ever done and the most significant. Working directly with the donor and client who wanted more than an average building.
What is your proudest moment at PSC? I had just been notified of being elevated to Fellowship in the AIA then Joe Rapier announced it at PSCU. The only thing better than finding out was sharing it with all my Parkhill friends.
Best vacation you’ve been on? New Years in Santa Fe has become an annual family tradition. Good times!
Do you recall any embarrassing moments at work? I had a rubber band cocked and loaded heading toward Jay Edwards and Robert Rollo in our ongoing war, when my then supervisor, Mike Cartwright, walked in.
Tell us a little bit about your family. Jennifer (my wife) teaches English to seniors at Trinity School (in Midland) – Sam (23) and Clara (18) both had her for English. I am the fourth smartest person in my family.
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. I have run two half-marathons and one full marathon.
Tell us three things most people don’t know about you. 1.) I have taught Sunday School for 24 years; 2.) I own 51 bow ties; and 3.) I walked 425,670 steps in 2016.
What phobias do you have? Snakes
What TV shows/movies are you ashamed to admit you love? British version of The Office and Arrested Development
What would you like to be famous for? Being the father of Clara (first woman president) and Same (Pulitzer Prize winning author).
What is one thing you can’t live without? Podcasts