Gregory Butler’s love of architecture and design began while sitting in a Chicago suburb’s garage with a dilapidated 2 x 4 in his lap and a rusty coffee can full of spare nails by his side. It was from his grandfather’s garage that the bliss of creating something from nothing was instilled in him.
Greg, his wife Allyson, and their two young boys, Graham and Caius, live in an historic neighborhood in Washington, Illinois, and enjoy the amenities of residing in a walkable community. Greg enjoys sharing his love of Chicago sports with his children, reading way too many books all at the same time, listening to podcasts, and occasionally sampling fine scotch with fellow co-worker, Kendall Oliver.
We asked Greg a few questions:
What new belief, behaviors, or habits, adopted within the last 5 years, have most positively impacted your life?
I have become both a morning and a night person over the last 3 years. The joys of parenthood!
What is your favorite book or author?
Toss up as of late: James K.A. Smith or Eric O. Jacobsen
If you could do anything without worrying about getting paid you would be a…
Venetian Gondolier wouldn’t be a bad way to go.
What is your favorite song, album, or musician?
Easy. Josh Garrels
What are some unusual habits or collections you have?
I have a small collection of challenge coins started, and if you ask nicely, I may be able to prove it, as I typically carry one with me.
What is your favorite failure?
I was unable to work out a “complicated” roof plan during a summer internship. I remember considering alternative life directions other than architecture because apparently that was a hurdle too high to clear. I saved the sheet of bumwad where many of these failures live to this day.
What is something very few people know about you?
The first job I had in architecture was on site of one of our projects in the boiler room. We were set up at plastic fold up tables and chairs in a windowless concrete room surrounded by what I’m sure were the loudest mechanical systems I have ever heard.
Thanks, Greg. Happy you are now part of the BLDD family!
We might be lost in the office without the sound of Greg shaking up his daily coffee!
Are you interested in joining the BLDD team? We currently have openings available and are searching for rock-star talent. If you think that sounds like you, feel free to look at our current positions and send in your resume.