This month we extend a warm welcome to our newest team members:
Naviinesh Gunalan joins Trivers following completion of his Master of Architecture and Fine Arts Minor at Drury University. Originally from Malaysia, Navi’s deep passion for the built environment took root during his formative years, inspired by his observations of his father’s work as a civil engineer. During his time at Drury, Navi held several leadership positions, including a two-year term as the president of AIAS. His senior thesis titled “Suburban Infill: Reproposing the American Home” centered around the transformation of underutilized warehouses into single-family residences in suburban areas. Navi’s innovative approach and dedication also earned him the esteemed AIA Certificate of Academic Excellence. Rooted in the belief that design should be universal and suitable for individuals from all walks of life, Navi’s aspirations involve delving into Architectural R&D and becoming a “people’s architect.”
Grace Whittington, an incoming third-year Master of Architecture student at Washington University joins us this summer as a CityStudioSTL Fellow. Hailing from Champaign, Illinois, Grace earned her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Further enhancing her understanding of the industry, her prior experience includes an internship at Gensler’s Houston office. Grace believes that design should be responsive to local context and that such designs both respect and give back to the existing communities and landscapes. As the seventh CityStudioSTL Fellow engaged by Trivers, Grace will focus on civic and community centered projects in St. Louis over the 12-week session.
Keyshawn Lewis joins us this summer as an Architectural Intern while pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Having resided in various areas of Metro St. Louis, Keyshawn possesses a deep appreciation for community-based design. He believes that architecture has the power to uplift communities and foster positive societal change. Beyond his design skills, Keyshawn’s involvement in athletics and outdoor activities demonstrates his well-rounded nature. He is currently working with the team on project documentation and construction administration initiatives for civic and community centered projects.