By Kristin Baum, AIA
April 9, 2021

In an effort to recognize our outstanding employees and provide a glimpse into our values-based culture, GuernseyTingle will periodically post about the individuals that make our firm a truly exceptional place to work. This time we sat down with an amazing Architectural Designer, Peyton Bright, and asked about his experience at GuernseyTingle.

How long have you been with GT? What do you do at GT?
Peyton: I have been with GT for two and a half years. I primarily work on renderings. However, I could be working on construction documents, specifications, design, or construction administration at any given time.

What types of projects have you worked on?
Peyton: A large variety of projects. Fire stations, apartment buildings, residences, office buildings, aquatics centers, amusement park attractions, etc.

What do you like the most about your job?
Peyton: My favorite thing is the variety of tasks and projects on which I get to work.

What opportunities have you had at GT that you think would be difficult to find at other places of employment for a fresh architecture school graduate?
Peyton: I have had the opportunity to design many projects. I’m not sure I would have had this opportunity somewhere else.

Do you feel like you get enough mentorship and support with your licensure process at GT?
Peyton: Yes, GT is willing to provide anything we need for licensure.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
Peyton: Recently, I had the opportunity to design and render the Williamsburg Fire Station exterior, which was recently awarded to our firm.

Who or what inspired you to pursue the career of an architect?
Peyton: My family is full of contractors, and I had a love for drawing. Also, I took AutoCAD classes in high school, which I enjoyed.

What’s the best advice you can give to someone who is just graduating college or starting their career?
Peyton: Don’t be afraid to ask for help or bother someone. When you are starting out, you want to absorb as much information as possible from your coworkers. Also, resolving a small issue in the present will prevent a big issue in the future.

What advice can you offer about what to look for in a firm when job hunting?
Peyton: Look for a firm with kind people who are willing to give you responsibilities as soon as possible.

What is your secret talent that no one knows about?
Peyton: Most people don’t know that I love woodworking and am pretty good at it.

What are your hobbies? What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Peyton: I enjoy playing games with my long-time friends.

What is your funniest/most memorable/most embarrassing moment at GT?
Peyton: My most embarrassing moment at GT was setting the alarm off over the weekend and having to tell security that I was not breaking in.

What is the coolest thing you are working on right now?
Peyton: I am currently working on responding to bidder questions on a parking garage project in Petersburg. It might not sound cool, but it is the first project I have worked on from the very beginning to end.


Click here to learn more about Peyton Bright. Please share this with any aspiring architecture or interior design students or recent graduates who may want to join our team (#lovewhereyouwork).



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