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Industry Folks - Joey Mejia, BOKA Powell

image Joey Mejia, Project Coordinator, BOKA Powell

DALLAS/FT WORTH - Joey Mejia remembers the first time he was introduced to the architecture field as a student in a Weatherford High School architecture class. Assigned with the task of drawing a house floor plan, a new world – and career path – opened up to him.




    “I loved it,” Mejia remembers. “Since I was going to college, I said, ‘That’s what I want to do.’”
    Mejia graduated with a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. He worked for three local architecture firms before joining BOKA Powell last year as a project coordinator. He also joined the American Institute of Architecture’s (AIA) Fort Worth chapter, where he discovered a way to inspire a new generation of architecture fans.
    Mejia learned that a group within AIA’s Dallas chapter, Latinos in Architecture (LIA), had held a book drive to get architecture, design and construction books and magazines into the hands of local students. The Fort Worth chapter decided they needed an LiA chapter too; once it was in place, Mejia took charge in chairing a committee to organize a book drive. With help from AIA Fort Worth executive director Alesha Niedziela, Assoc. AIA, co-chair Dennis Chiessa and local donors, Mejia’s chapter was able to donate more than 200 magazines and 140 books to the district. Many of the books contained handwritten personal notes from the architects who donated them.
    “I really wanted students to get exposed to it and get inspired,” Mejia says. “These students can look at these books or use them when they go to class.”
    Mejia has plans to visit the schools that received the donations and talk to students about the industry. He also hopes to someday donate architectural supplies to schools. In the meantime, he will continue to enjoy working on a wide range of projects at BOKA Powell, where he says, “every building is a new experience for me.”
    As for Mejia’s own library, he says he has “plenty” of architecture books at home and can’t name a favorite, but enjoys revisiting them, he says, “to get inspired, to get that excitement again.” –mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net