A talented young designer and a highly effective team member, Patrick came to DRAW with a freshly minted Masters degree from the University of Kansas. Patrick was a prominent leader in KU’s School of Architecture, recognized by students, faculty, and administrators for his collaboratively focused leadership and outstanding academic talent.
Prior to joining DRAW, Patrick gained professional experience out on the West Coast. In addition to his time working at Seattle’s leading hospitality design firm, he has also worked on intensely complex and multi-scaled projects for Pritzker Prize winner, Thom Mayne’s, Morphosis office in Los Angeles (including being a “chosen one” to work on Mayne’s private residence). Patrick’s digital skillset, in combination with a strict attention to detail, a non-stop work ethic, and a relentless pursuit of effective communication, positions him a valuable member on the DRAW team.
Interesting facts about Patrick:
Patrick loves Berlin. In his words: “It’s old. It’s new. It’s gritty. It’s elegant. It’s historically significant. It’s disruptively progressive. There’s the delicious and cheap ethnic street food. There are the charming beer gardens, some in wide-open parks, and some crammed between buildings. And there’s an incredible, multi-modal, multi-layered public transit system that makes the entire city accessible.”
When he can’t be in Berlin but needs “extreme focus” (best shouted in a thick German accent), Patrick channels his inner Berliner through a serious and determined expression while subtly jamming out to the cold, calculating, and obscure beats of minimal German techno deep house music.
Patrick spent a college summer working at a restaurant in Disney’s Magic Kingdom, where he dressed as a cowboy and entertained patrons with his “southern accent.” This was precisely what he was doing the day Disney security burst through a set of secret doors, ushering in none other than Tom Cruise and his daughter, Suri. Tom made eye contact, and Patrick somehow got out the words “Hey Tom!” (…which may or may not have been said with a drawl.) An official member of the Top Gun 100-Timers Club, Patrick is only slightly less impressed by having seen Tom Cruise than by having stood in the company of Maverick.
If you were to Google “Patrick Witthaus,” you may find some surprising and cool results, like a solid hour of footage of Patrick standing behind President Barack Obama during a speaking engagement; photos of Patrick with Thom Mayne during his stint as a designer on Mayne’s private residence; and occasional artsy photos, tagged “© Patrick Witthaus,” on various media outlets that tapped Patrick’s Instagram account. He’s kind of famous (…or at least fame-ish). No biggie.
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