Patrick L. Ballasch, AIA, LEED AP
Pat brings his enthusiasm and love of design to every project he works on, whether it’s a fire station, college classrooms, office building, or a community center. An avid sailor, surfer, and a native of Northwest Florida, he understands the unique features of our environment.
Pat joined DAG Architects as a summer intern in college and returned when he was ready for full-time employment. He is now a partner in the firm, and his design work has been recognized on the state and local levels with many honor awards from the American Institute of Architects and other organizations.
Master of Architecture, University of Florida, 1994
Bachelor of Design in Architecture,
University of Florida,1989
Vicenza Institute of Architecture
Vicenza, Italy, 1993
Architecture: Florida #AR0017640
American Institute of Architects
Former President, Northwest Florida AIA; Former State Director
LEED Accredited Professional
Awards and Honors
University of Florida School of Architecture, Young Architect Award, 2007
From a very young age I have always been drawn to art. I was fortunate to have a family who supported my pursuit of many forms of artistic expression, including drawing, painting and sculpture. I studied art very seriously beginning in junior high school and then began an intensive three-year drafting course in high school that allowed me to explore more of the science behind the art. From my studies I saw the need to create things that worked well and had a purpose, yet also maintained a sense of motion and fluidity.
My favorite part of approaching any project is the discovery phase - that point where your imagination meets your client's inspiration. When you still have the purity of the blank sheet of paper, before any line is drawn--- that's my blue sky moment in which I realize that anything is possible. In my core, I am very much a teacher. And this enduring passion of mine, for creating this contextual spark, is one of the elements I strive to pass on to those whom I mentor. There is nothing more exciting to me than helping influence others to uncover those thoughtful and provocative details that illuminate and enrich good design.
I love the challenge of every project but there are two particular project types that truly inspire me - libraries and fire stations. A library, properly designed, is evocative of many of the same characteristics of a church, such as the volume of space and the importance of acoustical balance. And they share almost a common purpose by appealing to individuals seeking quiet reflection and knowledge, as well as providing a welcoming and meaningful gathering place that is inviting to the community. I can trace my love of designing fire stations back to my grandfather, who served as a Fire Chief in Cleveland, Ohio. I have many personal mementos of his, and they still carry that faint smell of smoke. I have had the opportunity to have worked on many of the fire stations throughout Northwest Florida, and I consider it to be a true honor to work on behalf of these amazingly altruistic men and women who serve our communities with strength and courage.