At C2 Design Group, people and their spaces are our passion!

All of our designs start and end with a discussion about people: who they are, what they like, what they need, what environmental design features will help them to foster communication of their own.

With this focus on people, we decided to share more about our own staff, their passions and how they define creativity…

Meet Shaun: Shaun just celebrated his tenth anniversary with C2!

Q: Why did you decide to pursue a career in architecture?
A: When I was a wee lad, I was always playing with trucks in the sandbox and drawing houses with markers and crayons. My grandmother told me I should be an architect, and that was the start. In high school, I took some other architectural classes with a few friends, which consisted of building models out of popsicle sticks. In the class I learned my first CAD software called DataCAD, and was able to pick it up easily – which kept me interested in the field. Also in high school, I had the opportunity to work as an intern at a local architecture firm. Being fully exposed to the field really drove my curiosity to explore it at a higher level.

Q: Life at C2 – Most fond experience?
A: I enjoy the moment when a project is complete, and clients/users can experience the space our team has created.

Q: What fuels you throughout the day?
A: Believe it or not, I’m one of those weird people who does not drink coffee. I drink a lot of flavored water, and if I need a pick me up, some coke zero will do (I think I hear dollar signs coca-cola for that endorsement).

Q: Schenectady has such a cool walkable downtown environment. Do you have a favorite lunch spot?
A: I used to love Burger Days at Manhattan Exchange, but they recently closed. I think for lunch, my favorite spot is anyplace I can sit outside when it’s nice out – and fortunately, more and more places in Schenectady are stepping up to the plate.

Q: Interests or hobbies?
A: I like playing golf. If you’re playing golf, chances are it’s a nice day, you’re with good company and there’s a beer (or two, or three) to be had.

Q: Do you have a favorite sports team?
Yankees / Dolphins / Celtics / Bruins. I’m American, I only watch soccer during the World Cup.

Q: If you could design anything, what would it be?
A: If I could re-design anything, it would be my own home. Technology is always changing, as our my wants and needs. As architects, you try to think of things ‘before the fact’ – but the only constant is change and designs shift with changes in the user experience.

Q: If you could share something you’ve learned or a piece of advice that was given to you, what would it be?
A: Most important lesson – be detailed. If it’s not on the drawings, it’s not on the project. I’ve learned to pay attention to details – whether big or small, and how much those little things mean to the final end product and overall project deliverable.