Both of John Enkemann's grandfathers were accomplished carpenters, and John exhibited an early and obvious talent as a draftsman. If he had known as an eight year old what an architect was, he might naturally have assumed that that's what he'd become. But what might not have been as obvious to him was that such a life could be so rewarding - and so much fun.
Yet that's precisely what John says he discovered, especially after he joined Kahn in 1978 as a member of its Electrical Department. With his sights set firmly on the Architectural Department, he was thrilled to have a foot in the door, and figured he'd work his way up. But beyond any display of acumen, it was the relationships he developed - first with the other electrical draftsmen, then with the mechanical engineers - that smoothed his way, and that ultimately enabled him to develop more integrated designs once he made his way over to the Architectural Department.