Director of Finance & Administration Louis Taylor says one of the things that originally drew him to GPSA was the ability to work in such an artistic environment. “Architects and design-focused people are truly passionate about their work, making our office an inspiring place to be on a daily basis.”
Louis graduated from the University of Delaware with dual degrees in Business Administration Management, and Finance and received his Master’s of Business Administration from the Rutgers University Business School. He was working at a major public accounting firm before joining GPSA in December of 2010.
At GPSA, he wears many hats and is involved in nearly every aspect of the business, including oversight of the company’s finances, general planning and strategy, handling contracts, facilities management, and more.
Louis laughs that he personally lacks the “creative skills” that are so essential to the architects he works with, although he led the firm’s recent office expansion, increasing the office footprint and adding a new conference area without losing any key productive time for the architectural staff. One might argue that those are the best kind of “creative skills.” In fact, his organizational savvy brings balance to the artistic side of the business, helping to keep projects within budget and on schedule. “We are very collaborative here at GPSA. Bringing a number of viewpoints to the table and thinking things through from every direction is part of what makes our projects special and our work efficient.”
Louis lives in New Jersey with his family and when he’s not at the office, he is likely playing—or watching—sports. An avid golfer and runner, he coached a Little League football team for 10 years, although he’s currently taking a break so he can watch and cheer at his kids’ games from the sidelines.