Trivers Provides Office Tour to Career Blueprints Students

Last week, I hosted a group of young people from the Open Door International Program’s Career Blueprints to give them an introduction to architecture and a tour of the Trivers office.

The Open Door International Youth Mentoring Program is a part of The Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma Family Services Program. The program provides intensive mentoring, group mentoring, theme-based outings and family case management to international refugee families of youth of St. Louis aged 5-14 years old. Open Door families come from all over the world and represent the refugee population of St. Louis. In its first year, the program families hail from Bhutan, Nepal, Afghanistan,  Honduras, Iraq, Egypt, the Chin region of Burma, Liberia, Sudan and Somalia. The Career Blueprint portion of the program is designed to introduce refugee children to the possibility of being college-bound.

We were pleased and proud to be able to introduce architecture to these young men and women. I developed a small presentation showing a number of Trivers projects, both completed and in construction, focusing on before-and-after transformations and the realization of the vision in drawings and renderings to built form.

The youth in the program particularly enjoyed the office tour, with the study models and design sketches on display and the tremendous range of options and finishes in the material library. However, for the younger ones, the cookies provided and the view of the city from 18 floors up trumped all.

Posted by James Roseberry, AIA, LEED AP, CDT, Project Architect







It started with a face...


An angry face. Was it because I was disgruntled? In a way, but not a bad way.

When I first came to work at Trivers, Ashley sat across from me. She had been my Design Thinking TA at Wash U and it was good to have a familiar, friendly face across from me in a new place.

So why the angry face? Because she switched desks. The angry faces continued as I expressed my disappointment of Ashley ‘abandoning’ me.

It really went to show how much I appreciated sitting across from her, even though she would shush me for being too loud, which was understandable considering I would and still do sing songs at random. She was extremely helpful in my learning of Revit and familiarizing me with the firm. It goes to show the close-nit nature of the work environment here.

The angry faces quickly transformed into a plethora of emotional faces. All kinds of goofy faces soon emerged mysteriously on her desk while she was away from her computer.


The post-its multiplied quickly remembering a jury summons, National Speak Like a Pirate Day, the birth of a baby or even an operation on a pet.


Sometimes a catchy song just gets stuck in your head (hence the shushing)…


Some are doodles from my imagination done while waiting for exceptionally large files to load and save.


Others celebrate holidays.


Or remind us of how cold it is outside.


Others are just cute and cuddly, because who doesn't love the adoring eyes of a puppy?


And of course the rest of the animal kingdom had to be represented.


So whether commemorating an event, just being ridiculous, or expressing imagination, Post-Its are not just drab, disposable squares for note taking; they are a simple way to brighten one's day.

So far there are 45 of my Post-Its in our office, and I'm just getting started!  You never know, next time you leave your desk, there could be a Post-It waiting for you when you get back.


The end...for now.

Posted by Matthew Skinner, Architectural Designer

Architecture in October

October 31st: Recognized since the 4th century as 'Samhain', or Halloween. Well-known as the time of harvest and as the day when the spirit world and our world collide for 24 hours! Many haunted buildings and houses are associated with this day and month; however, there were also several other types of architectural-related accomplishments completed in October throughout the ages of time.

Halloween day, October 31st in the year 1541, Michelangelo Buonarroti completed the painting of ‘The Last Judgement’ in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican in Italy. Forty-six years later, on the opposite side of Europe, again, on Halloween day, October 31st in the year 1587, the Leiden University Library in Leiden, Netherlands opened its doors after its founding in 1575.

Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts was founded on October 28, 1636.

The Erie Canal in New York was opened on October 26, 1825.

Thomas Edison invented the Working Electric Light on October 21, 1879.

The Statue of Liberty: Designed by Fredéric Auguste Bartholdi of Alsace as a gift to Americans from the people of France, The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886.