DBI dishes on JLG Architects with Ryan Murphy this week.
Q: So tell me a bit about yourself!
Ryan: I am a South Dakota native. I was born in Sioux Falls and raised in Watertown. I graduated from high school and moved to Fargo to attend NDSU. I received my bachelor’s degree in environmental design and master’s in architecture. I started with JLG in our Fargo office. An opportunity came up for me to come back home and I couldn’t say no.
Q: What is your position with JLG?
Ryan: So I started in Fargo as a student intern in 2007 and was fortunate enough to land a full time position when I graduated in 2009. I was a project support person before stepping into the new role of becoming a market leader for the South Dakota office here in Brookings. So I am the face of JLG here representing the other 100 of us throughout the rest of the company.
Q: Tell me more of what JLG is all about!
Ryan: So JLG is an architecture only firm. We really take design to heart. We believe that great design elevates peoples’ lives. Everyone deserves great architecture and great design. So that is the backbone of what we do and why we do it. We have over 100 people now and we really strive to make our projects better for our clients.
Q: What are some of your favorite projects?
Ryan: My favorite was a project in Fargo. It’s called the Loretta Building. I was built in the early 1900’s and it had really fallen into disarray. It had one tenant on the first floor, another was completely abandoned and the other had a couple apartments. It was in really bad shape. Our office was right next door to the building so we got to see the progress everyday. It was pretty amazing to see the transformation. Now the occupancy is full. It has four levels now. We added a restaurant in the basement and all sorts of stuff. It was fun to take something really old and give it a new life.
Q: What are some of the projects that people would be familiar with around here?
Ryan: So the Fieldhouse and Pentagon in Sioux Falls are two. There’s a project in Watertown for a new recreation center. We are doing a project in Aberdeen at Northern State for a little greenhouse. We will be doing work down at USD for Greek Life. So those are some of the ones people are probably most familiar with.
Q: What are the current projects you have going on now?
Ryan: We are always doing work for universities. We will actually be working on Harding Hall at SDSU. It is our first project at SDSU and I’m really excited about it. We are working on figuring out what the next life for that building will be.
Q: How has your overall experience with JLG been so far?
Ryan: I knew that our presence in South Dakota was going to happen. We were doing work here and there was talk of starting up an office. I knew of the opportunity and decided to speak up to say that I wanted to be that guy here in South Dakota. So really I’ve learned to just speak up and be passionate about what I want. I want to help the company grow and to work on my own goals. So yeah, don’t be afraid to go after great opportunities. You never know where you could end up. JLG helped me realize this through this opportunity.
For more dish on JLG Architects, check out their website www.jlgarchitects.com!