Bradley Touchstone is a major part of the Tallahassee community. His name and his work may not resonate with folks in the Big Bend, but the Touchstone name has a strong brand across the nation.
In his office, near downtown Tallahassee, Brad and his staff design signature bridge projects around the country. Projects like the Audubon Bridge over the Mississippi River, Maroon Creek Bridge in Aspen, Colorado, The Columbia River Crossing in Portland, Oregon, or the Hastings Bridge, also over the Mississippi. But his signature bridge is a majestic structure called the KCIcon in Kansas City a project that has received national attention from architects around the world.
Back in Tallahassee, Brad continues to make a name for himself. But why does a guy with such national appeal make his home in the Capital City?
"I love it. We're not moving anywhere. In part because I grew up in a small town in Mississippi, so Tallahassee is a big city to me," said Bradley Touchstone, President of Touchstone Architecture.
Touchstone says he gets his urban fix when he's on the road and a man that deals in aesthetics for a living says you can't beat what you have in your backyard.
"Our office is here, not because it's convenient to downtown, but because the trail leads to Tom Brown. It gives me a chance to go...."
Touchstone says his firm of five people have about 6-12 projects in the works at one time. Another recent masterpiece is the Palmetto Expressway and Dolphin Expressway Interchange. Each project from cradle to grave could take 20-30 years, so it's important to always have your hands in a few projects at once.
"It's gonna be an interesting new church project that will hopefully be unprecedented in Tallahassee. There's not a gothic style traditional cathedral type building in Tallahassee."
And when he's not doing something nationally, he's working on the home front. Brad's work was just written up in Architecture Digest--designing a home for none other than BMX champion Ricky Carmichael. Bradley says there is potential beauty in every project, whether it's a bridge, a church, or the home of a famous biker--with the touchstone touch..there's no telling what can happen.