Meet Robert Cohoon, Technical Leader – Workplace at NELSON Worldwide. Robert will work alongside workplace project teams in the Central Region in a technical leadership role to coordinate drawing/document production and implement firmwide drawing standards. Robert will also provide oversight of matters related to code compliance and guide consultants through the design process while coordinating aspects of the construction process.
Q: What inspired you to get into architecture/design/engineering/the work that you do?
I have always tended to enjoy both the creative/artistic as well as the analytic/problem-solving aspects of things. Architecture is a profession that allows me to exercise both the right-brain and left-brain sides of my personality.
Q: Are you an early riser or a night owl?
I am more of a night owl. I think that this is because once I start something I want to see it through to completion, so I will often stay up late to finish something that I have started earlier in the evening.
Q: Have you ever been disappointed by something that happened at the time, but ended up being really good for you?
In college I tried out for an activity for which I was not accepted. I was very disappointed at the time, but looking back, I now realize that by not participating in that activity I was able to devote more time to my thesis which ultimately led to me getting my first job and launching my career.
Q: When people come over, what’s the one piece of art or furniture that’s an immediate conversation piece?
I have an assortment of relief pieces hanging on the walls of my living room. Most have been collected from my travels. Some are originals and some are casts of salvaged architectural pieces. The one piece that gets the most comments is a cast of a keystone with a silly grotesque face.
“In my new role, I will bring an elevated level of expertise to deliver successful projects while developing the skills and understanding of my teammates” – Robert Cohoon