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Q&A with Jared Heller

Continuing in our People, Passion, and Performance series, we recently spoke with Jared Heller, AIA, who serves as a Senior Architect for our Belleville, IL office.

Quick Facts about Jared

  • Outside of work, Jared enjoys hanging out with his children and girlfriend, camping, canoeing, hunting, fishing, and shooting.
  • Jared has been with Farnsworth Group for four years after 12 years with a firm acquired by Farnsworth Group.
  • Jared got his Associate of Art in Art at Southwestern Illinois College, and a Bachelor of Architecture at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Jared Heller

How has technology influenced your career? I have seen the architecture industry and its advances greatly change over the years, from my beginnings with hand drafting, to AutoCAD, and now Revit. I have had to greatly adapt the processes of architecture over the years. I joke with staff that we used to fax addendums to contractors!

Jared Heller at St. Paul's Cathedral
Jared inside the Illinois State Capitol.

Talk about some of your career milestones or achievements. My career milestones are the projects I have worked on over the years. Having 25 years of projects in the St. Louis Metro East area, I can drive any direction and see a project I worked on. Each one represents a moment in time personally and professionally in my life. Certain projects remind me of the birth of my children, the group of people I was hanging out with at the time, or simply what songs were popular that year!

What inspired you to pursue architecture? I grew up in Red Bud, Illinois. Living in a small community and having family and friends who are tradespersons and farmers taught me a lot about construction and how to come up with solutions to everyday issues, also known as “design.” This led me to pursue a career in architecture.