Team Builders: Gary Larson

At a young age, Gary knew that he had a gift for using designs to influence people’s lives. In kindergarten, he would walk around his classroom and correct fellow classmates of their drawing mistakes. As a teenager, he entertained dinner party guests by designing their dream homes. Throughout the years, his passion continued to grow and shaped his role as an architect/coach within our firm.

Gary’s wisdom, caring spirit and strong faith make him a natural mentor in our office.

1. What are the top three most used apps on your phone?

Church of the Highlands, Facebook and One Note.

2. What is a skill you'd like to learn and why?

In my personal life, I would like to learn to play the keyboard and sing so that I could lead worship like my son. In architecture, I want to be a life-long learner and continue to train and learn the new digital programs available.

3. If you could witness any event of the past, present, or future, what would it be?

I would like to experience the creation, the resurrection, Noah’s Ark and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

4. Why did you choose this profession?

I knew architecture was a gift that I had from a young age. I grew up following the footsteps of my brother who was a draftsman and my father who owned a saw mill. I loved using my brother’s tools to draw buildings, and the smell of fresh cut wood gets into your blood.

5. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I would like to travel to Israel to retrace and study Biblical locations.

Gary Larson6. What would your autobiography be called?

He Served Others — That’s what excites me about architecture. It allows me to use my skills to make a difference for others.

 7. Tell us something you love about our company.

Our core values of People. Passion. Purpose. — Working for TURNERBATSON makes me feel that I have a purpose and am a part of something bigger.

8. What does family mean to you?

Everything — we are all so blessed. My wife and best friend of 49 years, Sherrill, and I have four children and 11 grandchildren. We remain balanced through our faith, good communication and sharing in life’s joys, events and burdens. No matter what, we are doing life better together.

9. What magazines and books have you read recently? 

Sherrill and I are reading Virtuous Minds together. On my own, I’m reading Developing the Leader Within You and Intercessory Prayer.

10. What is your favorite building (any building ever)? What is your favorite TURNERBATSON building?

I’ve always been a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright, and my favorite building of his is Fallingwater in Pennsylvania.

My favorite TURNERBATSON building is the next one — we’ve designed some wonderful buildings, but the next one has to surpass these so that our clients remain pleased and receive the full benefit of our work.

11. Tell us something cool about yourself.

The tradition of the Snicker’s Bar: As a child, my mother would buy one bar and cut it into small pieces for each of us to enjoy (I am one of 10 children). Splitting the bar taught me the value in small numbers and remains an enjoyable treat for my family today.

Melissa Stewart, Marketing Coordinator

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