Get to Know: Ryan Orr

September 10, 2021

Ryan Orr Johnson Architecture Inc.

What is your role at JAI?

Intern architect.

What three words best describe you?

Diligent, loyal and reliable.

What is your favorite aspect of being on the JAI team?

I love the opportunity to work on a broad range of projects at every stage of the design process.

What three words best describe the culture at JAI?

Collaborative, supportive and friendly.

What has been your proudest moment to date working at JAI?

I helped design an auto body shop and create rendered perspectives that helped sell the design to the client.

How has working at JAI enhanced your professional development?

It has given me the opportunity to work with and learn from my coworkers, who all specialize in different areas of architecture.

What or who is your go-to source for work inspiration?

Frank Lloyd Wright.

If you could switch places for a day with any JAI team member, which one would you choose?

Daryl Johnson. I would love to experience everything that goes into running a firm.

Before joining JAI, what was the most unusual/enjoyable/challenging job you held?

I worked in the Architecture Building’s woodshop at UT where I made sure students were using the equipment safely, but I also gave advice and helped students create models of their projects. There were always new and exciting challenges.

What do you look most forward to at the end of a workday?

Spending time with my wife.

If you were stranded alone on an island, what three material possessions would you hope to have with you?

Knife, compass and Wilson volleyball.

What is your secret talent?

Ping Pong.

What is your favorite place in the world?

Tellico Plains, Tennessee.

What are you currently watching?

Peaky Blinders (for the fourth time).