June 26, 2018
“David Mason has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Starting his own business as a teen, washing cars in his home driveway, he knew from an early age that he liked working for himself. After he graduated from Washington University and working for a few other architects, he decided to move out onto his own at just 27.
“Today David Mason & Associates, which started as a two-person firm, has a little over 160 employees, a home office is in St. Louis and offices in Chicago, Philadelphia and Kansas City. The firm, which started as an architecture firm, is now focused on infrastructure engineering with architecture that supports its engineering practice. “Twenty five years ago, I looked around the country and saw that the infrastructure of the country would be in need of improvements,” says Mason. I knew there would be demand for roadways, sewers, bridges, power and utility systems. I had a personal background in architecture. I worked as a teen doing surveying for my Uncle’s construction company in Cleveland, Ohio and also did carpentry work with him. That molded what I wanted to do with architecture. Architecture was an adjunct to working in the built environment.” While growing is company over the years, Mason remains actively involved in both its work and client relationships. “I am on the road a lot because we have different offices,” he says. “I am building new relationships and maintaining the existing. Since I am also technical, I do still work on presentations and projects. That all keeps me busy.”
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