As the #1-ranked multifamily architecture firm in North America, Humphreys & Partners relies on our incredible team from around the world to create innovative, one-of-a-kind communities. As Project Manager in the Dallas office, Anish Joseph is responsible for the successful planning, execution and closure of HPA projects assigned to his team. Let’s get to know Anish outside (and inside) the office and see what makes him a true icon of #HumphreysHeroes culture.
- Where are you from originally?
I was born in Sharjah, which is to Dubai what Ft. Worth is to Dallas. But I immigrated to the US with my parents in ‘88 and for the most part grew up in Carrollton, TX.
- What is your Alma Mater?
My BS in Architecture is from UTSA, but I did spend three years in College Station studying Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M, so you know my Aggie roots will never leave me.
- Who is your favorite architect, and why?
If I had to choose, it would be Louis Kahn because his architecture has serious weight, both literal and figurative. The weight of the concrete in his most famous works seems to be contrasted by a specially curated amount of natural light. That imbalance of lightness and heaviness give you a heavy dose of awe. I’ve only been in the Kimbell, but I’d love to experience the rest of his small list of completed works to see if that sense of awe is always present. He’s taking you to church without you knowing it. How can you not love that?
- What are some of your hobbies when you’re out of the office?
Can bourbon be a hobby? J/K. Going to rock concerts, watching sports, movies/tv, recent fascination with hiking national parks and road trips, visiting museums and galleries, inconsistently hitting the gym and eating at new restaurants can all be wrapped up into some general list of what I like to do outside of the office.
- Do you have any pets?
My wife and I have an eight year old chocolate lab named Jackie Brown. She’s perfect.
- What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently?
I just saw an old 2007 movie named Across the Universe last weekend. It’s set in the late 60s and is a semi-musical using only Beatles songs as the name of the movie would suggest. It was interesting and I recommend you add it to your Netflix que. I also just saw First Man, the super serious and super long Ryan Gosling biopic about Neil Armstrong. It was good but in a serious Oscar kind of way and not in an enjoyable movie kind of way.
- What is your favorite Humphreys project?
The Standard at Gainesville is my favorite project worked on at HPA. I share in the common belief that it is our most difficult challenges that bear the most rewarding fruits and this project fits that to a T. The Standard, which covered 3 city blocks, had just about everything: 10 stories of student housing, 9 story hotel, 11 story garage, 60,000 SF of retail, pedestrian bridges, 3 separate elevated amenity decks and a crunched student housing timeline and yet we still delivered exactly on time. This, like all successful projects, took an army of good people working their butts off thru adversity and conflict and made me better at my job.
Anish is pictured at Hebron 121 in Lewisville, Texas. Anish and his team helped complete the two-story detached fitness center.