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 experience 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.