5 Questions with Kurt Green, Architectural Associate

Axis Architecture Staff Profile

Meet Kurt Green, one of our newest architectural associates. Kurt interned for us this past summer, after graduating from Ball State University. Outside of the office, this Near Eastside native is probably exploring Indy’s food scene, or hanging out with friends and family.

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What is most rewarding about being an architectural associate at Axis?

I get to design. That may sound simple and obvious, but it’s a rarity that I get to use my creativity so early on in my professional career. I’ve heard so many horror stories about how recent graduates get stuck working on bathroom details at their first job.


What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Jeanne Gang once said, “Good ideas come from everywhere. It’s more important to recognize a good idea than to author it.” This advice, although not given directly to me, has been pivotal in my career, especially now that I work in a collaborative studio. My focus has shifted to identifying the best solution, rather than making sure my own idea gets used.


What were your favorite hobbies as a child? Did they mimic what you do today?

Growing up, I went around asking people to describe their dream house. I would spend endless hours drawing up elevations and floor plans for them. It turned out to be great practice for working with clients today!


If you were a part of a building, which part would you be and why?

I would be a cornice. Cornices are subtle details (most people don’t know or care what a cornice is), but they act as an essential unifier between varying — and otherwise clashing — facades. This is what I hope to be in the social circles in which I’ve been placed.


What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

One of my favorite activities is watching poor quality movies with my siblings. We all enjoy some innocent mockery now and then.