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Both within our practice and across the broader community, the Trivers team remains fueled by inspiration, unwavering dedication, and active engagement.

Brian Ballok passed his final ARE exam and is now a registered architect in the state of Missouri.

Amy Gilbertson presented at the AIA Conference on Architecture & Design 2024 in Washington DC earlier this month. Amy and fellow panelists discussed strategies aimed at achieving unprecedented accomplishments in both the preservation and seismic retrofitting at Moss Courthouse in the panel titled Having It All: Merging Seismic Retrofit & Historic Preservation. Last month at the GSA PM Conference, Amy delivered both this presentation and “Rehabilitation vs. Preservation: Understanding Design Implications.”

Joel Fuoss was a panelist on the Adaptive Reuse and Redevelopment discussion hosted by  MetroWire Media at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Joel was also selected as an IIDA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Juror for the 2024 IIDA MAC Premiere Design Awards. Recently featured in the St. Louis Post Dispatch and KMOX News on the subject of H-1B Visa process, Joel delves into the challenges of the visa process and its impact on employing international talent.

Navi Gunalan became a member of the AIA STL J.E.D.I. Programs Committee as well as the Young Architects Forum (YAF) St. Louis. Navi also participated in the YAF STL Ritz Park Plaza Design Charette and is currently working on the  final presentation to the community on July 13th.

Martin Padilla was a panelist on the NCARB Live: Making the Most of your Experience webinar last month. Martin and the other panelists shared valuable insight into the process of gaining real-world experience at architecture firms, successfully fulfilling the experience requirements, and recounted their own paths by sharing key tips and strategies they used to maximize their time in the field to make steady progress towards licensure goals. Watch the recording on NCARB’s YouTube channel.

Trivers Team ‘Plants it Forward’ at Tower Grove Park. This spring the Trivers team spent a morning at Tower Gove Park assisting in clearing out and maintaining the display beds in the iconic park. In addition to providing the necessary work for the park, the team also learned firsthand the types of plants in the display beds and how to tend to them.

Trivers Team at Tower Grove Park


Golf The Galleries. Trivers is proud to be part of the Sheldon Art Galleries’ 7th annual Golf the Galleries event, an interactive exhibition that blends art, architecture and family fun into a playful mini golf course set within the second-floor Sheldon Art Galleries in Grand Center. Trivers team members Aaron Church, Abby Buchmann, Amanda Truemper, Emily Flores, Frank Rosario, James Roseberry, James Sgroi, Joe Brinkmann, Nakesha Newsome, Navi Gunalan, and Shaun Dodson spent the last few months designing and executing the first hole in the exhibit. Titled Treads and Tones, the hole introduces a contest between two players, using a ‘staircase’ of varying rhythm and obstacle with the guarantee of a hole-in-one.

Golf the Galleries is open now through August 11. Click here to learn more.

Team members at the Trivers-designed Hole #1

Shadow Day. Earlier this month Trivers hosted a Shadow Day for a mix of high school and college students interested in getting a better understanding of a career in architecture and interior design. Various team members hosted them in meetings, tours, site visits and desk shadowing.