New Additions to the Trivers Team

We are happy to announce recent additions to the Trivers team:

  • Melisa Betts, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Designer
  • Rylie Davis, Washington University Architectural Fellow/Architectural Designer
  • Jonas Gassmann, Architectural Designer
  • Maggie Hayden, LEED Green Associate, Architectural Designer
  • John Pitman, AIA, Project Architect

We also want to thank intern Tianyi ‘Meo’ Zhang for spending the summer with us.

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Top Row: Melisa Betts, Rylie Davis , Jonas Gassmann   
Bottom Row: Maggie Hayden, John Pitman, Meo Zhang

Melisa Betts is an Architectural Designer committed to the research, testing and design of sustainable and functional spaces. While pursuing her Master of Architecture and Urban Design degrees at Washington University, she served as a Research Assistant investigating sustainable methods in community design. Her global experiences includes studying post-divided Berlin under the Divided Cities Grant, as well as divisional architecture and infrastructure of post-apartheid South Africa. She is a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects and is the Vice President of the Landmarks Association Urbanites.

Rylie Davis recently graduated from the Sam Fox School of Design + Visual Arts, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a minor in Environmental Studies. In 2016, Rylie served as a student teacher in the ALBERTI program, which introduces third though twelfth graders to the fundamentals of architecture and landscape design. Rylie originally served as a Washington University Fellow for the summer, and we are happy to say she has accepted a position as an Architectural Designer full-time with the firm.

Jonas Gassmann is an Architectural Designer who received his Master of Architecture degree from the Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University in 2017. At Drury he served as the President of both Tau Sigma Delta and Art of Space, a campus group that creates temporary, highly interactive environmental art installations on the Drury campus. In addition, Jonas played varsity soccer and participated in the Drury University Solar Decathlon. Jonas is interested in post-colonial responses to architecture, which inspired his graduate thesis and has lead him on two trips to the mountains of Honduras, where he built latrines for communities in need.

Maggie Hayden is an Architectural Designer with experience in aviation, higher education, civic, and healthcare projects. She received her Master of Architecture and Urban Design degrees from Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, where she also served as a Research Assistant and an International Summer Studio Coordinator. While working on Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, Maggie received a number of scholarships and awards, and also participated in study abroad programs in Shanghai, Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Prague. She is a LEED Green Associate and recently passed her final exam to become a licensed architect in the state of Missouri.

John Pitman is a Project Architect with 17 years of experience on projects from initial conception through execution. He has experience with both historic renovations and contemporary design for mixed-use, higher education, and commercial clients. John served as a Building Science Lab instructor at Washington University as well as an Architectural Graphics instructor at St. Louis Community College. He is a member of AIA St. Louis and the Benton Park Neighborhood Association.

Meo Zhang received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Washington University in 2017. During her senior year, Meo received the Elizabeth S. Schmerling Memorial Scholarship which was awarded for her superior performance and scholarship as well as her innovative approach to art and science in architecture. Meo is headed to Boston once she leaves Trivers and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.

Flance Early Learning Center Receives 2017 AIA/HUD Secretary's Award

The Flance Early Learning Center has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a 2017 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award in the Community-Informed Design category. The annual, national award recognizes just one project in each of four categories. This is the second HUD Secretary’s Award bestowed upon Trivers Associates in two years; 3010 Apartments was the recipient of the National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation in 2015. It is also the second AIA Award for the Flance Early Learning Center, which was recognized by AIA St. Louis with a Merit Award in the Architecture category.

The awards were presented at the American Institute of Architects Conference on Architecture, held April 27-29 in Orlando, Florida. Project Architect Emily Scanlon, AIA received the award, which recognizes design that supports physical communities as they rebuild social structures and relationships that may have been weakened by outmigration, disinvestment and the isolation of inner-city areas.

Located only one mile from the downtown core and built on the site of one of the last failed public housing high-rise structures in St. Louis, the Flance Early Learning Center aspires to proactively alter the course of one of the most impoverished zip codes in Missouri. This neighborhood has the lowest average household income in the City of St. Louis, the highest percentage of households living below the poverty line at 26%, as well as the highest number of children ages 0-5 living in poverty.

A community-based design was critical to the success of the Flance Center. With this in mind, seven community meetings were held with public and private partners. These meetings included key community and neighborhood leaders, volunteers, as well as Urban Strategies, McCormack Baron Salazar, staff from facility operator University City Children’s Center and Trivers Associates. Every effort was made to design a facility with extensive community input that addressed the needs of both the children and the neighborhood. The community room in the facility is the direct result of the recommendation of the community members who participated in the design process and is placed at the most accessible point in the building to facilitate community dialog.

The massing of the center allows the structure to “hug” the age-appropriate outdoor spaces. This provides an abstracted, organic-formed, tree-like façade which creates a shaded interstitial porch for each classroom’s direct outdoor access, critical to the pedagogy of the facility. Analogous to the dappling of light through a tree canopy, the use of perforated metal filters the light, shading the south and west facing glass further contributing to the facility’s pending LEED certification. The facility obtained a grant with MSD to create raingardens for parking lot run-off, an experiential natural playground, and two 2,500 gallon cisterns for water collection from the roof.

The interior utilizes a more sophisticated yet strategically playful color palate which fills the space with light and energy while allowing the building to remain a canvas for children to create and learn. To educate parents on the high-value of dietary nourishment for their children, a full-service and demonstration kitchen was given significant visibility emphasizing the importance of dietary health and dining.

This Center is just one piece of a complicated puzzle meant to alter an entire generation’s trajectory in one of the most challenged neighborhoods in the State. It starts early nurturing one child at a time.

For more information and to see the other recipients of this year’s awards, please click here.















Martin Padilla Rejoins Trivers as an Architectural Designer

Trivers is happy to announce that Martin Padilla has returned to the firm as an Architectural Designer. After receiving his Master of Architecture degree from Washington University, Martin served as a Project Designer at Trivers early in his career. He spent the remaining recent years at a variety of firms gaining experience in diverse building types, working on projects such as the Jesuit Archive and Research Center, various projects at Washington University and the University City Master Plan that resulted in several addition and renovation projects throughout the district. He returned to Trivers in 2017 with a focus on civic and higher education projects. Martin teaches a Revit Crash Course at Washington University and also serves as the Assistant Director for Career Services in Architecture at Washington University's Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts.

Welcome back, Martin!


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