Wherever he is, Mitch Beck keeps a stubborn design challenge in the back of his mind. He never knows when a solution will strike—it’s happened while he’s exercising, eating, or even right before he’s fallen asleep.
Mitch, a member of Legat’s Quad Cities studio, has joined design teams for several large facilities, such as the highly influential Hamilton Elementary School. He also conducts facility assessments for clients with one or many buildings. He walks through the facility, assesses its current state, and helps clients prioritize improvements based on their budgets.
Mitch’s architectural initiation came from the Sooner State. At a family event, his architect uncle (visiting from Oklahoma) showed Mitch drawings for a project he was working on—the Oklahoma History Center. Mitch was hooked. He still has the hand-drawn perspective that his uncle gave him that day.
Mitch earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was one of few who won a highly-coveted first place Earl Prize in Design (for a mixed-use development near the Chicago River).