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Meet Zach Spillers

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Meet the KEPHARTIAN – Zach Spillers!

This monthly feature showcases the wonderful people who work for KEPHART. At KEPHART we believe our most important asset is our people; each unique member of our team is a member of our family.

This month we introduce Zach Spillers!

KEPHART- When did you know you wanted to become an architect?
Zach– I knew I was interested in designing the built environment when I was 10 years old. My parents designed restaurants and my uncle was an architect. And so, my passion for design began to grow.

KEPHART- What projects are you currently working on?
Zach– I’m currently working on a concept design for a multifamily project in RiNo as well as developing some concept renderings for a senior living project in Wheat Ridge.

KEPHART – If you didn’t pursue a career in architecture, what do you think you would be doing right now?
Zach– In my spare time, I do leather work as a hobby. So, I would probably be forming and cultivating a leather product company. Though in addition to design, I have a passion for people. So, it’s possible that I would be a counselor of some sort.

KEPHART- What music are you currently listening to?
Zach– Currently on my curated Spotify playlist, I have: Gregory Alan Isakov, The Flaming Lips, Radio Head, Alex Bailey, The Avett Brothers, Outkast, and Lake Street Dive, in my top rotation.

KEPHART- What weird or random item is currently on your desk?
Zach– A drone. Here at Kephart we are beginning to utilize drone technology to build site models with a process called photogrammetry. The drone is sitting on my desk, awaiting its next adventure.

KEPHART- Beside yourself, who is your favorite architect and why?
Zach– These days, Lake Flato has captured the spot for my favorite architect. I really appreciate the authenticity of their buildings, from the expressed details to the materiality vernacular of the Hill Country.

KEPHART- What do you love about working for KEPHART?
Zach– I love that I get to do what I love – design and experiment with developing technology. The people here are great to work with as well.

KEPHART- What do you love about working and living in Denver / Colorado?
Zach– I love the walkability of the city and the proximity to mountain adventures.

KEPHART- As an architect, what tool (digital or physical) can you not live without?
Zach– As much as I love digital technology, I can’t live without paper and a pen.

KEPHART- Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
Zach– That has changed periodically throughout my life, but at the moment I am inspired by the modern philosopher, Peter Rollins.


Lightning Round!

1. Peanut Butter or Jelly? Peanut Butter
2. Coffee or Tea? Tea
3. Beer or Wine? Wine (but depends on the occasion)
4. Broncos or Rockies? Rockies
5. Ski or Snowboard? Snowboard
6. Bike or Car? Car (too many bike thieves)
7. Lemon or Lime? Lime
8. Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
9. Rap or Rock? Rap
10. Dogs or Cats? Dogs

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