Name: Ryan Hawkins
Current Title: Architectural Intern
Office Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Years at GS&P: Nearly 1.5
This Faces of GS&P features Ryan Hawkins, an architectural intern in our Fort Lauderdale office. Read to learn more about how a Lego-obsessed kid matured into a world-class Olympic-level diver and aviation designer.
Where did you grow up?
Charlotte, North Carolina – born and raised!
Where did you go to school?
I went to Virginia Tech where I was a collegiate diver and earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
What made you choose your profession?
As a kid I was obsessed with Legos and K’Nex. I would make anything and everything with the mass amounts of pieces I had accumulated. My parents always suggested that maybe I would grow up to be an architect, and I guess it just kind of stuck with me.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I was born with a club foot and in turn have disproportionate calf muscles. It’s not ideal for a sport that depends on balance, but I’ve made it work! (editor’s note: Ryan is a decorated diver who is actively competing on an international level. He recently won first place in the 10m synchronized men's platform diving event at the 2016 USA Diving Winter National Championships and competed in the 2016 Olympic Trials in both individual and synchronized diving events.)
What achievement are you most proud of?
Apart from my athletic achievements, the most gratifying thing I have done is move to Florida and begin my architectural career. It has put me so far outside my comfort zone and I’ve been forced to grow a lot.
What drew you to GS&P?
The fact that GS&P was supportive of my continued diving career and Fort Lauderdale is the home of an Olympic diving coach was a big factor. I was truly fortunate. No other job I applied for was a better fit!
What is your favorite project you’ve worked on while at GS&P?
I would have to say work on Terminal 1 at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). On a smaller renovation phase I was the primary tech on the architectural construction documents. It was really rewarding to take a set from sheet set up to submitting the completed construction documents. It was also eye opening to work with the client and coordinate with the engineers along the way.
Check out more of what the team has done at FLL here.
When you’re not at the office, what do you like to do?
Southern Florida is much different from where I grew up. I have enjoyed learning to free dive, paddle board, surf, longboard, play volleyball and continue to train Olympic diving.