Tell us what made you decide on your career path … Having a dad who’s an architect certainly helped entertain my path to becoming one myself, but I think my interest in more artistic avenues and my love of drawing made it easy for me to see myself as an architect, and eventually pursue that passion.
Tell us what you love the most about working at FEH Design … I cannot say enough about the support FEH provides me in-house in my pursuits to become licensed and to fuel my passion for creativity and evolution as a professional, but also outside of the office in all of the community interests I have – such as being the President of the Young Professionals Connection, being an advocate for multi-modal transit through the Capital Crossroads Transit Future Work Group and the DART 2035 Advisory Committee. Having that kind of support is not something you find everywhere, and it means a great deal to me.
Tell us about your favorite hobby outside of the office … For nine years now, I have been a drummer in a local cover band named Plastic Apartment. I’ve been playing drums for more than 16 years and I love it more each and every day. Part of me at one point wanted to be a professional road musician, but I really have found to prefer it as a side gig, allowing me that type of outlet when I need it.
Tell us about your favorite project that you have worked on … My first project out of college as a full-time employee was to assist in the design and construction documents for the Hempstead High School Addition and Remodel project in our Dubuque office. The thing I enjoyed most about this project was the trust FEH had in me as a fresh college graduate to come in and produce designs and documents right away. Apart from it being a great project to work on, I was able to work with an office I was somewhat unfamiliar with. I was able to grow a great relationship with our Dubuque staff and leadership team and it’s that type of relationship-building that I really enjoy about working with FEH.
February 2021: The board of directors of FEH Design promoted Cory W. Sharp, AIA from associate to principal.
Sharp, who joined FEH in 2012, is a licensed architect in the firm’s Des Moines office. As principal, Sharp’s role will expand to include leadership in business actions. He will continue to be a principal designer for the firm’s municipal and corporate work.
Sharp graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa where he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree and Minor in Entrepreneurial Studies in 2012. After college, he was excited to join FEH Design immediately.
Sharp has been involved in many impactful projects in the Des Moines area including the design and construction of the Grand View University Student Center, Kemin Industries Worldwide Headquarters, Urbandale Fire Station No. 43, West Des Moines Public Services Center, and Pleasant Hill Public Safety Facilities.
Sharp has been a great supporter of young professionals in the region and he is a passionate community advocate for multi-modal transportation and outdoor recreational activities. He serves on several boards include the Great Outdoors Foundation and Emerging Leaders Collaborative, in addition to being enrolled in the Class of 2020-21 Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Community Leadership Program. He was voted to the Des Moines Business Record’s 2020 Class of Forty Under 40.
“There are people at FEH that have known me since I was born, so the office is like family to me,” said Sharp. “FEH provides an environment for young architects to thrive. They have created a sense of community in the office, one that supports both professional and personal growth and places company culture as one of its highest priorities.”
He is currently working on design projects for the Marshalltown Fisher Community Center, City of Pleasant Hill, South Des Moines Veterinary Center, and the City of Creston.