CReativity at Work: Matt Beam

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Matt Beam

If you get to know our people, you get to know CR, so meet Matt Beam, a Senior Project Manager and experienced design leader out of our Dallas office!

Q: If you weren’t in the architecture field, what would you be doing?
A: Surveying. In my early college years, I worked for a civil engineer and learned a tremendous amount from the Lead Surveyor. I truly enjoyed the research, exploration of historical markers, physical labor and working outdoors throughout the day.

Q: What’s something not many people know about you?
A: I’m a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan, not a bandwagon fan, a real fan – think Jimmy Fallon in Fever Pitch…close.

Q: Do you have any advice for architecture students or young professionals?
A: Stay humble: The greatest trap of architecture school is to believe that you are better than others. Recognize that you will always be a student, constantly learning. You are here to provide a service for others – not greedily guard your ideas and look down your nose at those who don’t understand “good design.”

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in Dallas?
A: One of my favorite things has been renovating our entire home in Dallas with my wife. An architect as well, she and I have tackled demolition, load-bearing walls, electrical, plumbing, drywall, tilework and anything that can potentially destroy a relationship…and we are still happily married!

Q: What’s your favorite project that you’ve been a part of?
A: Saifee Burhani Upliftment Project in Mumbai, India for 2 reasons: the scale and vision of the project and the opportunity to be immersed into the culture and traditions of Mumbai. An ambitious redevelopment project comprised of 16.5 acres of 17 towers that house 1,250 shops and 3,200 families, mosques and religious structures. The transformed urban renewal redevelopment, planned holistically to promote a sustainable way of living, will create a modern urban area that will provide an impetus for other projects in India, and throughout the world.

Q: What’s the most valuable lesson or piece of advice a teammate or mentor has taught you?
A: Public speaking is important – get good at it. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to present on projects to small and large audiences. It’s never too late to brush up on your public speaking.

Q: What’s a positive trend you’ve seen in the industry?
A: Placemaking in mixed-use retail developments – the development of spaces and moments that are curated, authentic and artisanal.

Stay tuned for our next expression of #CReativityAtWork!

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