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Employee Spotlight: Ryan Kennedy

Ryan joined MKSD in 2018 as a Senior Project Manager/Architect after working at other architectural firms in the Lehigh Valley.  He currently leads our large government and commercial development projects, managing them from design through construction.  His ability to coordinate all aspects of the project team while keeping his projects moving forward on time and within budget is an asset to his clients.  While he is all work from 9 to 5, we have loved seeing the other side of Ryan and hope you enjoy getting to know him a little more.

Where did you go to college and what was your favorite class?

I went to Virginia Tech and my favorite class was Design Lab because I was always challenged and had very supportive friends and professors.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it that influences the way you work today?

My first job was in 8th grade and I was a paperboy.  I learned that I do not like waking up early.  My first real job was working in fast food and I learned how to be very efficient with my time.

Who is your favorite architect/designer and why?

This is a tough question.  There are a few.  I would say Peter Zumthor, after visiting a few of his buildings like the Therme Vals, Kunsthouse, and St. Benedict Chapel.  His work concentrates on the sensory qualities of the materials, no matter if it is stone, glass, or wood.

What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?

I can honestly say an architect.  As a kid I loved playing with Legos and other erector sets which allowed me to design and build crazy things.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

I enjoy yoga, photography, going to comedy shows, and fostering dogs (if that is a hobby). 

What is the last tv show you binge watched?

One Last Dance.  I was a big Bulls fan during the Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman days.  I highly recommend watching this series, even if you are not interested in basketball.  It provides a great insight into the lives of professional athletes.

Ryan and his wife Becky

What is the best advice you have ever received?

“Stay afraid but do it anyway.  What’s important is the action.  You don’t have to wait to be confident.  Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.” – Carrie Fisher

What are three things you cannot live without in your workspace?

My Fern chair, music, and my Logitech M510 mouse.

What is one unique thing that others may not know about you?

I love Ashtanga yoga.  So much so, that I decided to become a certified yoga teacher in 2017.

How are you involved in the community?

For the past few years, I have been on the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army in Reading and Bethlehem.  My wife Becky and I also volunteer at the Sanctuary of Haafsville, a local animal shelter.

Ryan, Daisy and Artie

What piece of advice do you have for anyone interested in your career path?

Learn how to communicate well (writing, talking, and drawing).  Communicating ideas and thoughts is essential in this profession.

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