Welcome to the Family, Harry!
We recently welcomed a new architect to our work better family! Harry Ross is from Chestertown, Maryland and he enjoys food, architecture, and entertaining. Other fun facts about our new OPXer: he coached lacrosse at the high school and college levels and stays very involved in academia, participating in student juries at CUA, Pratt, and City College of New York. He says when he’s not at work, he loves doing architecture at home! And the kind of design that inspires him the most? “One that is derived from a strong intellectual process.” We are thrilled to have Harry’s passion and dedication now part of our family here at OPX!
Degree: 2002 Bachelor of Arts in French International Business, University of Maryland, College Park | 2006 Master or Architecture and Planning, Catholic University, Washington DC
First Job: Counter jockey at TCBY Yogurt
Favorite Place Recently Traveled: Portland, Maine for a wedding
Q: Why did you decide to go into architecture and design?
A: “In high school I worked as a shop hand for a large construction company in Newark, Delaware. This experience galvanized my interest in architecture and design. And ultimately I entered the design field as a professional primarily because I was interested in problem solving, art, and improving the built environment.”
Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, living or passed, who would it be and what would you do?
A: “Beers with Abraham Lincoln at McSorley’s.”
Q: Why did you choose OPX?
A: “I joined OPX because I saw something very unique in the firm. During the interview process I found our conversations quickly moved from the typical question and answer into discussions about design, process, and the place for both in the world of business.
I appreciate the strong portfolio and was excited to work with all the talented designers and design leaders. I hope to contribute to the firm’s growth.
I appreciate that there is a focus on business and innovation and that you can have a conversation about building code, fabric wrapped acoustic panels, and the latest HBR article all in one day.
I appreciate how the diversity of voices and experiences finds a way into the design discussion on a daily basis.”