Recent Positively West Virginia guest, Bradley Frankhouser, describes his first taste of architecture as gathering the entire neighborhood together to build a cabin from scraps with their own design. Little did he know that this would be his first introduction into the business that would become his life’s passion.

Desmone Architects, where Bradley works as a Principal Architect, is known for its modern concepts and designs that make you feel good while you’re inside a building. The company has even received a gold level award from the WELL Building Standard for creating buildings that are beautiful and support the health and wellness of the people who dwell within them. 

Bradley said, “We’re really a wellbeing-based company that looks and is interested in the health and wellness of buildings and their occupants.”

Desmone Architects expanded into Morgantown, West Virginia, about five years ago. Since being there, they’ve been the driving force of several projects that you probably recognize. Bradley said Desmone loves working with West Virginians and plans to expand their projects into other parts of the state in the coming years.

Bradley didn’t always know he would be an architect, and it seems he sort of “stumbled his way into success.” However, now he is thriving in a business that promotes and supports the health and wellness of people in the places he calls home. While the business was established before Bradley started working at Desmone, he recognizes the traits that make it an excellent workplace. 

Bradley suggests that success is found by surrounding yourself with good people and nurturing those people to be their best selves. Bradley said, “Allow the people around you to grow and give them responsibilities that challenge them. By helping the people around you thrive, you’ll have an amazing product every time.”

Bradley’s main piece of advice to young entrepreneurs is to do things that make them uncomfortable. You should work hard and learn every day, and Bradley said, “If you’re not uncomfortable or failing, you’re not trying hard enough.” 

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  • PIECE OF ADVICE: “If you’re not uncomfortable, you’re not trying hard enough,” said Bradley