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Jon Pickard, Principal, Pickard Chilton, New Haven

Residence: Guilford

College(s) and degree(s): Iowa State University, BA (architecture); Yale School of Architecture, MA (architecture)

Cesar Pelli protegé (he worked on the world’s then-tallest building, Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Tower), co-founded Pickard Chilton with William Chilton in 1997. The pair have practiced as design architects internationally, including large, complex and high-performance buildings for Fortune 500 clients.

Describe the role Pickard Chilton has had on the New Haven economy: We have attracted talented designers from 81 universities and 24 countries to work in our studio. Designed the Barack H. Obama Magnet School on the campus of SCSU. As our first Connecticut project and our first school — one of the most meaningful projects of my 44-year career.

What personal characteristic has contributed to your professional success? Perseverance – we don’t achieve success by ourselves. I have been blessed by the support and encouragement mentors such as Cesar Pelli and Harold Roth.

What advice would you give to up-and-coming architecture professionals? See, listen, walk our cities. Learn about the people who live and work in our community. How can we contribute to this vitality?

What do you do when you’re not working? When I am able to retreat, I embrace nature and am a plein air painter. A good day will find me making pasta fresca and enjoying it with my family.