Meet The Team: Brent Schuettpelz
In The Studio | Today we're continuing our team introductions with the wonderful crew here at Ron Brenner Architects. Next up? Brent Schuettpelz! Scroll down for the official interview.
Role at RBA?
Project Designer — Architecture
Where did you grow up?
Mad Town, Wisconsin! The land of cheese curds, brats and beer. What was your first job? Odana Hills Golf Course where I collected and cleaned range balls and hand-picked cigarette butts out of ashtrays at the clubhouse. What accomplishment are you most proud of? Being a good husband and father. What is your favorite place in the world? My acrophobia was put to the test, but I would have to say the Na Pali Coast on Kauai's North Shore. In 2017, my wife and I hiked the 14 mile Nu’alolo-Awaʻawapuhi Grand Loop overlooking the extraordinary coast, then finished it off with a Mai Tai on the beach… perfect. What is at the top of your bucket list? Definitely not skydiving. Visiting all the State Parks of Minnesota with our family’s newly purchased camper! What is your guilty pleasure? Eating a whole box of saltine crackers, watching bloopers, and air drumming. Do you have a hidden talent? Juggling. Not sure why I had the urge to teach myself this as a kid, but it’s sure come in handy. If you had to give your vehicle a name, what would it be? KITT (from the hit tv show Knight Rider). My son calls it 'the black car,' and I'm sure he would love it if the car talked. What would the title of your autobiography be? It's Been Fun...The Life And Times Of A Lumber Sexual. What single thing could you simply not live without? Music and my Guitar(s). Which celebrity would you most like to have dinner with? Gregory Alan Isakov. When not playing music, he spends his time outdoors on his farm. If I wasn't in architecture that would be my dream. What’s one family tradition you have passed down to your kids or would like to? Can't list just one. Love of music, golf (my grandpa was a PGA Professional and taught me all I know about the great game), downhill skiing (my parents started me on skis when I was 5), and an appreciation for the great outdoors. What is the best concert you have ever been to? The National at First Avenue in 2010. It was a great opportunity to see them in a small venue before they hit it big. What has been the best day of your life so far?
That's a tough one, but I would say the first time my wife visited me in Chicago. We spent the night wandering around downtown, enjoying dinner and drinks, and photographed the Chicago River amongst the city lights. I think that's when I knew I would marry her someday.