As a structural engineer, Bryan loves making sure creative designs turn into something exciting and functional. He draws inspiration from nature – and his coworkers – to make each project unique.
How did you decide on your career path?
I was interested in building design as long as I can remember – like so many of us in the field, LEGO sets were my favorite as a child. I looked into architecture in high school, but decided I enjoyed the nuts-and-bolts aspect of building design even more.
What is your favorite part of the design process?
There is little more rewarding than seeing a project that started as a sketch on a piece of paper and developed over months – sometimes years – finally coming to fruition and be put into use.
How are you creating vibrant communities through design?
We host an Exploring Post over the course of several weeks where we introduce high school students to careers in building design through discussion, hands-on projects and site visits. It’s a great way to help young people begin to look past high school to a potential career. I believe we’re inspiring the next generation of architects, interior designers and engineers.
What makes Dubuque a great place to live?
One of the things I love about Dubuque is that there are many great opportunities for outdoor recreation year-round.
College Mascot: Golden Eagles/Longhorns.
Quote: “It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.” – Roger Babson
Books: The Outsiders, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior.
Music: Yes, all of it.
Podcast: This American Life. All Songs Considered.
Irrational Fear: Needles. Tigers.
Breakfast: Yes, please.
Zodiac Sign: Libra.
First Car: Big Blue Bonneville.
States Visited: Thirty-one.
Celebrity Twin: A shorter, less-fit Manu Ginobili.
February 2021: The board of directors of FEH Design promoted Bryan Blair, SE from associate to principal.
Blair, who joined FEH in 2012, is a licensed structural engineer in the firm’s Dubuque office. As principal, Blair’s role will expand to include leadership in business actions. He will continue to be a principal engineer for the firm, leading the structural department.
Blair graduated from University of Texas at Austin where he received a Master of Science in Structural Engineering in 2002.
Blair has been involved in many impactful projects in the Dubuque area including the design and construction of Rousselot, Dubuque’s Plaza 20, Milton Public Library, Mitchell County Courthouse, Dubuque County Roads Shop, and Hempstead High School.
“Coworkers can make or break a job, and it’s a pleasure to be able to work with so many talented, smart, and fun people day in and day out,” said Blair.