Forming Foundations from Inspirations: Travis Tindall ’06
Since he was a child, Travis Tindall loved to imagine, draw, and build. He was never without a sketchbook and a head full of fictitious buildings; it is no surprise that he majored in Architecture and Fine Arts at Drury and then went on to be a partner of his own firm.
Some of Travis’s fondest memories from Drury are of building friendships, including those from the Sigma Nu fraternity, and his long and late but rewarding hours in the Hammons School of Architecture. During his years at the university, he had two particularly noteworthy experiences. The first was his study abroad trip with Drs. Bob and Saundra Weddle to Europe for his architecture degree. “It was inspiring to see such a diverse range of notable buildings and cultures across Europe,” Travis recalls. The second important moment was meeting Jessie (Taylor) ’05, who would later become his wife.
All of his hard work at Drury paid off in 2011 when Travis joined nFORM Architecture, located on Commercial Street in Springfield, Missouri. Four of the five employees at nFORM are Drury alums, and Travis says that this is largely because of the caliber of talented professionals that the program consistently produces. Stephanie Shadwick ’05, who is the Project Manager at the firm, currently serves on the Hammons School of Architecture Professional Advisory Council, and the staff enjoys donating their time to critique students’ work. Travis says, “We also attend the HSA design expo to meet new students and potential employees.” He hopes to see the company continue to expand to ten or fifteen full-time employees while still creating beautiful, unique buildings for their clients and the community.
Life has been busy for Travis in the years since he has graduated. The firm has recently started a new $5 million administration building for Randolph County and an $8 million jail and courthouse expansion for Macon County. When he is not busy designing and creating at work, he is a hunting and fishing fan and enjoys living in the 100-year-old home which he and his wife have recently finished renovating.
Written by Brooke Dacquisto ’16