This edition of the Staff Spotlight focuses on Walker Santiago, a Senior Designer in our Austin office. Walker enjoys sharing his design knowledge with the community and his friends by being active with several CADD and 3D visualization groups. When he isn’t fine-tuning his techniques or getting up to speed on the industry’s latest advances, he enjoys time with his friends and family in the Austin and San Antonio Area.
Where are you originally from?
I was born in Puerto Rico.
Tell us something really interesting about you.
I’m an Army brat who’s lived in Germany, California, Texas and Panama. I originally thought I would go into Biology after high school. Panama’s animals and jungle peeked my interest in biology.
Everyone at BIG RED DOG has a story about why they joined the team. What’s yours?
I worked with Chance previously at another firm and knew any firm he was working at would be top notch. After my first visit I knew that the people here made it great because of their skill and hunger to be the best. I wanted to be a part of a group of over achievers who had a goal to be the best too.
What drew you to the engineering field?
I would say I was drawn to Civil engineering because I got to express my artistic side while also expressing my detailed oriented side by showing that realism in an artistic way.
What was your first job?
My first job was working for the Department of Engineering and Housing in Panama as a teenager. I was mentored by electricians, painters and other maintenance workers who taught me about what it took to maintain military housing.
Who or what inspires you?
My family inspires me. Father, mother, brother, sister, wife and kids all inspire me. I am surrounded by hard working, smart and artistic people. Technology also inspires me to be more creative and resourceful.
Where’s your favorite place to eat in Austin?
Sapps Fine Thai Cuisine. Madam Mams is a close second.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I don’t have much free time as a parent, but when I do get free time I like to watch classic comedy movies or go outside and build things for my house.
What’s your favorite news source?
Reddit and google news are my favorite news sources.
Do you have any pets?
I have two dogs. One is a French Mastiff Nero and the other is a Corgi/Bassett Mix named Jake. I named Jake after John Belushi’s character in the Blues Brothers. Nero had his name when we adopted him and I never thought about changing it since it sounded cool. Both of them are great companions since they just want to be around me no matter what I’m doing. My wife also has two dogs. One is a big Boxer Named Finn and the other is a Pitty/hunting dog mix named Bea. We are dog enthusiasts for sure.
Describe your ideal vacation.
My ideal vacation would be any all inclusive beach getaway with my whole family and dogs.
What would be impossible for you to give up?
It would be impossible for me to give up high speed internet. It’s my connection to family and friends that live far away and my way of keeping up with world news.
Who is your favorite sports team?
Most people might think that the Yankees are my favorite team, but they aren’t. My favorite team is my daughters High school Softball team the Anderson High Lady Trojans. Watching kids play with lots of heart is much more intense then watching the pros.