OVER 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AS AN ARCHITECT
I have had employment at various times. However, I was always destined to have my own business. It started when I was young and worked in the family machine shop business. The machine shop was not a production outfit but engaged in unique projects that required problem solving. In high school I was adept at art and math. And there it was. The combination of art and science leads me to architecture.
Upon entering the workforce, architects undertake an internship. I was conducting my internship while in college and this led to taking the licensing exams at an early age. These exams are five days of grueling brain power and stamina. Taking nothing for granted, I studied very diligently and was rewarded by passing the exams on the first try! Back then the exams were typically given once per year. My internship requirement was fulfilled about a year earlier. I was working for a contractor and now found myself as a registered architect. The law at that time did not allow an architect to be employed by a contractor as a conflict of interest as an owner’s representative.
I found my hammer and hung my shingle as a sole proprietor – Greg Cornell, Architect in western Pennsylvania. In 1996 I relocated to beautiful Arizona. I dreamed of living in Arizona since I was young. Cornell Architecture was born!