Remembering a mentor

SE Nfld

Steve Edwins was my former teacher, employer, mentor, and friend.

It would be true to say that I spent the better part of my waking hours over the last fourteen years working with him. Any given day was likely to include the following:

  • talking about projects
  • analyzing buildings
  • sketching details
  • driving to meetings
  • looking for bakeries
  • designing solutions
  • planning expansions
  • searching the archives
  • writing proposals
  • attending gatherings
  • preserving structures
  • drawing plans
  • constructing spreadsheets
  • instigating staff meetings (ice cream)
  • reviewing contracts
  • invoicing clients
  • exploring attics
  • finding coffee
  • assisting interns
  • collecting data
  • finding products
  • drafting drawings

He passed away in December and his thoughtful approach to architecture will be missed. Steve was an “old school” architect that could do it all, and as the owner of a small firm he had to. It was indeed fortuitous that I was able to work with him and learn so much from him, and I am extremely grateful for the experience.