The monthly member spotlight is an opportunity to learn more about a leader at one of our member companies and showcase the work they are doing. This month, we spotlight Jason Kipfer from zedd architecture. Learn more about zedd architecture in our member directory.
Name: Jason Kipfer
Company: zedd architecture
Zedd architecture is a modern architecture firm located in the evolving SOHO district in London, Ontario. We provide full architectural services to local, regional and select international clients. Our Architectural services are directed to property owners, developers, property managers, institutions, government agencies and stake holders in large and complex buildings such as commercial (office, retail, mixed use), hospitality (hotel, resort), residential (multi-family, townhouse, mid rise, high rise) and institutional (educational, sport). We also offer what we call zedd Design services, which are scaled to suit a smaller project scope and are directed to homeowners and builders, commercial property owners and the design-build industry for residential and commercial buildings typically three storeys or less. We provide Design services for new projects, renovations and additions.
1. What is your role and what is your favorite part of your job?
I’m an architectural technologist so when it comes to the services we offer, I’m pretty detail oriented. My favorite part of my job is seeing a building take form after spending so long sweating over the details, navigating all the municipal authority approvals and coordinating with the client, consultants and contractor.
2. If you could have coffee with any business leader or industry expert, who would you choose, and why?
Terry Davis, CEO Home Hardware. He’s from Waterloo Region where I am from and he espouses the DIY ethic that played such a big part in my growing up. He’s self-motivated and draws inspiration from unlikely sources such as Mennonites and punk rock, which might sound strange at first but when you think about it, it makes sense. He is a 63 year old self-made man with a personal license plate that says ‘clashfan’. I mean, how cool is that?
3. What is the #1 business book/blog/website you would recommend?
As a light, inspirational read I enjoyed 100 Great Businesses and the Minds Behind Them. I’m also a big fan of David and Tom Gardner’s Motley Fool approach to understanding businesses from an investing standpoint.
4. Looking at your company’s future, what are you most enthusiastic about?
We really want to ‘up London’s game’ in terms of design and create great buildings that inspire. I am enthusiastic because I think London’s best days lay ahead and we can make a visible difference, one building at a time.
5. What excites you most about the local tech community?
I draw inspiration from the energy and commitment of it’s leaders. They are community builders. Our office in SoHo has several young tech companies around it and we are seeing this first hand.