The New Girl

I'm new here...


[noo, nyoo] adjective, newer, newest.

1. of recent origin, production, purchase, etc.; having but lately come or been brought into being: a new book.
2. of a kind now existing or appearing for the first time; novel: a new concept of the universe.
3. having but lately or but now come into knowledge: a new chemical element.
4. unfamiliar or strange (often followed by to): ideas new to us; to visit new lands.
5. having but lately come to a place, position, status, etc.: a reception for our new minister.
6. unaccustomed (usually followed by to): people new to such work.
7. coming or occurring afresh; further; additional: new gains.


Starting a new job is exciting; however, there is that awkward moment you actually walk in the door (or in my case wait in the hallway) to start fresh in a new role.  There are plenty of articles online to prepare you for change.  One of my favorites is 9 Tips for Getting Settled at Your New Job, which you can check out here.

Learning the ropes and getting to know everyone is really a reflection of your surroundings.  I really enjoy the work I do, which is just the right mix of alone thinking/doing time with a touch of interaction/feedback.

Per the company handbook: Trivers Associates strives to be a place where thoughtful, creative design occurs for the benefit of its clients.  Trivers  should be a place where individual staff can learn, grow, and contribute to the high level of excellence to which Trivers aspires.  Central to every project is a keen awareness of each client’s needs and wants, as well as the needs and wants of those that live, work or play in the architecture Trivers designs.

The culture of thoughtfulness has welcomed me and made me feel at ease in my new role.  I have deadlines and things I don’t particularly enjoy doing (filing), but to feel at home in a new place while feeling appreciated is priceless.


We have monthly company meetings where we learn/discuss what is going on around the firm.  We also have monthly company fun events – so far I have golfed & bowled, plus we field a softball team.  It is those casual encounters and random conversations over a brew that lead to a sense of community.  Discussions at lunch on the local restaurant scene or the changes right outside our window on the Gateway Arch grounds aid in getting to know folks.  I think working in a well-designed space with all the tools and technology I need to complete my tasks, plus feeling like a part of a great group of people has made being the new girl not bad at all.

Posted by Ali Dougherty, Operations Administrator

Favorite Color

If you were to ask me what my favorite color is, I would reply:

Green. Blue. Well, maybe indigo. Oooo, a deep teal, or emerald, or a nice blueish-green?

Basically, I would be thrown from the bridge in Monty Python’s Holy Grail. I’m not always this indecisive [insert husband laughing here]. But it’s too hard to pick just ONE color. There’s one slice of the color wheel that always catches my eye. I try to be open-minded towards the oranges and reds, but with all of the tints, shades, and variety to choose from just between the analogous blues and greens, it is challenge.

side note: black, grey, and white are nice, too.

Looking through my pictures of my recent trip to Ireland, I noticed all the beautiful blues/greens in the pictures. Even though I saw/experienced them when I was physically in Ireland, it was wonderful to see the colors again, in my photos. Ireland, being the Emerald Isle, makes it really easy to have a million pictures full of blues and greens. Really, really easy. Here is a quick photo recap of my trip.

Day 1: Galway 

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Top Left: The Browne doorway, Eyre Square, Galway. Top Right: View from the bridge by Galway Cathedral. Bottom: Enjoying live music and stained glass at The Quays, Galway

Day 2: Inish Mór [Inishmore], Aran Islands

The largest of the Aran Islands, in Galway Bay, is rich with Irish culture, the Gaelic language, and natural beauty.

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Top Left: Teampall Bheanain, Bottom Left: Dun Aonghasa, Right: off the beaten path

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Kilronan, Inish Mór harbour

Day 3: Galway + Cliffs of Moher

Never heard of the Cliffs of Moher? Click HERE to get your learn on.

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Top: Looking south. Bottom: Looking north, Aran Islands in the distance.

Day 4: Ennis + Dingle Peninsula

Leaving Ennis and traveling south to the most western part of Ireland/Europe, the Dingle Peninsula.

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Top Left: Field of grazing sheep, looking north, Tralee Bay beyond. Top Right: Cutting south through the lowest point in Slieve Mish mountain range. Bottom: Looking west, Tralee Bay, north side of peninsula. Mount Brandon in distance disappearing into the clouds.

Days 5+6: Dingle Bay + Peninsula

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Top: Dingle Peninsula, looking west. Next town over, Boston! Bottom: The Dingle Harbor dolphin, Fungie. [he is jumping out of water on the right]

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Top: Dingle bay, looking east. Bottom: Dingle Harbor

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Above: Dingle town, oh so many greens!

Day 7: Dublin

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Above: Making our way east to Dublin, driving along the south side of the Slieve Mish mountain range.

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Left: Our room at Trinity College, overlooking grass tennis courts. Right: Nighttime, Trinity College

Days 8+9: Dublin Day

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Top Left: Artifact from the National Museum of Ireland. Top Right: Illuminated book on display, The Old Library, Trinity College. Bottom Left: Stairs, The Old Library, Trinity College. Bottom Right: Corleck head, three-faced stone idol, National Museum of Ireland [yes, I know, there isn’t a single blue or green in the bottom images]

The Book of Kells was a beautiful sight, but alas, no pictures were allowed.

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Above: Lounging in the sun at St. Stephens Green.

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Also, we drank a whiskey or two, which was neither a shade of blue nor green, but I still enjoyed it.

How’s that for expanding my color palette preferences?

Posted by Sarah Rogers, Architectural Designer


STL is awesome based on its flag alone.

The confederate flag has been news fodder for several weeks now. Attempting not to be trite about a serious issue, I have found it interesting that different groups have read such different meanings into its symbolism. From a design standpoint I question how does that happen, and what differentiates a good flag from a bad flag? I think Vexillology (your dictionary word of the day) speaks to my design senses. Hang on tight, let’s look into why I think our city flag is nothing short of awesome!

To design a flag, you’ve got to first come up with a shape. We are in good company here. Thankfully we chose a rectangle like almost every other flag out there. It is most appealing at a 1:1.5-1:1.67 ratio. Check.

It’s not that apparent to some. Some flags didn’t even get this part right. Nepal is two triangles for example, and that confederate battle flag; a square.

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Next, you’ve got to come up with a basic design. Simple and striking. Your five year old should be able to draw it from memory and know what its parts represent. Symmetry is nice. Think about what it looks like from the backside.

Milwaukee….you failed.

Then, pick your colors and pick them wisely. Be unmistakable.

  • Black- determination, ethnic heritage, and/or defeating one's enemies.
  • Blue- freedom, vigilance, perseverance, justice, prosperity, peace, and/or patriotism.
  • Green- the Earth, agriculture, fertility, and/or the Muslim religion.
  • Red- courage, revolution, hardiness, blood, and/or valor.
  • White- peace, purity, mountain snow, and/or innocence.
  • Yellow- the sun, wealth, and/or justice.

Colombia and Ecuador, you get a pass since it seems you meant to do that.colombia ecuador

Russia, is that you? No, it must be Serbia. Either way, this is not good.
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Lastly, drop a symbol on it, like a radioactive tennis ball or something from Ron Jon’s Surf Shop.krgystan guam2
Krgyzstan                                                          Guam

Time to apply our newfound knowledge to our flag.


Per St. Louis City Code “…. The flag with a solid red background has two broad heraldic wavy bars, colored blue and white, extending from the left top and bottom corners toward left center where they join and continue as one to the center right edge. This symbolizes the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Over the point of confluence a round golden disk upon which is the fleur-de-lis of France (blue) calling attention to the French background of the early city and more particularly to St. Louis of France for whom the City is named. The golden disk represents the City and/or the Louisiana Purchase. (Heraldically, the disk is a "bezant" or Byzantine coin signifying, money or simply purchase.)

The flag's colors recall those of Spain (red and yellow or gold), Bourbon France (white and gold), Napoleonic and Republican France (blue, white and red), and the United States of America (red, white, and blue).

In a 2004 poll on the North American Vexillological Association website, St. Louis’ flag was voted the fifth best design among United States city flags! Below is the company we keep.

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District of Columbia         Chicago                     Denver                           Phoenix

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Hey back off! That’s our design Mankato, Minnesota.

Beats the STL flags of yesteryear handily.


Early 20th Century

Keep the flag time fun going @

Posted by David Lott, RA, LEED AP, Project Architect