Doug Loveland might be the new kid on the block, but in all actuality, he has been around the block a few times! We aren’t kidding when we say that either. He actually attended the University of Kansas TWICE! Not sure if he had to repeat what he learned the 1st time, but rumor has it that he completed both his undergrad and graduate studies there.
Doug joined ACI Boland Architects as an Associate Principal in May this year. We are excited he is part of our team and want to encourage everyone to reach out and say hello when you see him! In order to get to know him better, we sent him a questionnaire with some random questions and you can read his answers here.
What do you like so far about your job?
I came to ACI to get to work on more than just projects – to stretch other skills inside an outside a particular project. The fun part is that I have found folks willing to listen to “outside” ideas…. Good, bad or indifferent.
Most memorable notable achievement?
I have worked on a lot of big and small projects and held a lot of different roles, but one of my proudest (and most startling!) moments was when I won honorable mention in an open essay contest about life as an architectural intern. I had essentially completed the entire essay over three days between the hours of 11:00 pm and 1:00 am before submitting it. My wife’s response to my success was to proofread my essay after the fact and point out a typo.
How are you involved in the community - Philanthropic/Industry/Other?
I volunteer off and on for Boy Scout Troop 333, and over the years I have coached 19 soccer teams and two baseball teams in various organizations. I have also been dragooned onto a couple parental organizations at my children’s various schools (who hasn’t!) and no fewer than two different neighborhood architectural review boards.
If a client/co-worker were asked about your performance, what would they say?
That I can hold my own in a conversation about anything with anyone at any time. Seriously, that I am genuinely interested in helping them with anything, and that the first answer is always “yes” even when I should say “no”
What is your most memorable childhood experience?
My father was a physician in Lawrence. I remember constantly having to run by the emergency room “for just a minute” in baseball uniforms, soccer uniforms, basketball uniforms… you name it. It was boring, but they often let me draw pictures and send them around the hospital in the pneumatic messenger tubes. The rule was I had to sign my name to my work. They would come back with little extra notes or pictures on them…. It was like writing to Santa.
If you could pick a movie star to portray you, who would you choose and why?
Harrison Ford. For the hat. I wish I could wear a hat like that man. I cannot…. But if he played me it would look like I could.
What is your worst fear? Professional and Personal?
Wild animals freak me out in a very primal way. If it is alive and moving, I want it to stay in its own space and out of mine.
What can you do that most people cannot?
I am finishing my third basement renovation. I can do everything from concrete to plumbing to electrical to carpentry, although I prefer to pay someone else to do the drywall….
How do other people describe your personality? Are they typically correct or not?
Most would say I have never found a stranger I cannot talk to at the drop of a hat. They would be correct.
What is your favorite past time or hobbies outside of work?
Despite the notes about coaching and building basements, I still manage to be a voracious reader. My snobbish sister who teaches literature says I read junk, but I do manage to read a LOT of it.
Random thought of the day?
That this survey was longer than the questionnaire I had to fill out to get scholarships for college.
To reach out to Doug, please feel free to contact him at 816.763.9600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.