Shelden Architecture project manager Daniel Gensch was pleased to receive a May call from Interior Design magazine – one of the big ones in his industry – about doing a story on the firm for its May issue.
Since most magazines work in advance, Gensch assumed the story would run in May 2017. He says he was impressed that the magazine works so far ahead.
Then this month, someone congratulated him on the story. Gensch checked the magazine and was surprised to find a two-page pictorial on Shelden Architecture’s work at a Nashville, Tenn., cooperative working space called Weld.
“It’s certainly exciting for us,” he says. “It is great exposure.”
The firm got the work because Gensch and Weld CEO Austin Mann are childhood best friends who grew up together on the east side of Wichita.
“I don’t have very many memories as a child without him,” Gensch says.
Mann is a photographer and entrepreneur. He created a co-working community for photographers and videographers in Dallas, but it grew to include other creative types, such as designers and architects.
Gensch says a lot of co-working spaces nationally have businesses that don’t have anything to do with each other.
At Weld, he says creative types can be in shared space and be inspired by one another.
“It’s like being in college again.”
Gensch says Mann now plans several more Weld sites.
Shipping containers are a big part of the Weld design.
Mann and the Welders, as Gensch says they’re known, also were a big part of the design process.
“I really wanted (the magazine) to give more credit to Weld,” Gensch says.
He says that “the Weld team is just super creative.”
“I just felt like I was managing really brilliant people.”
Though he thinks Mann and the Welders deserved more credit, Gensch says, “This is small potatoes for Austin Mann.”
Gensch calls Mann a visionary.
“He doesn’t slow down.”
Shelden Architecture has received a fair share of attention through the years and is known regionally, but Gensch says it’s great to get this national attention, too.
“We’re in Wichita, and to get this kind of exposure in all those other markets I think sets us apart.”