Aron Beninghove is the Director of Facilities and Design at STEELE focusing on the impact of facility design and management on the workforce and productivity. Aron brings experience as an architect, economist, and project manager to provide customers with facility solutions and support that are well-defined and sustainable.
Aron began his professional career in Dijon, France, helping the local wine industry promote themselves globally, and also learning the balance between established processes and innovative strategies/tools. He then spent four years working in the field of economic consulting in Washington DC, helping customers understand the impacts of global markets and acquisition strategies. Then, Aron went back to school to earn his Masters of Architecture degree from Catholic University. He spent the next 10 years working for architecture firms on projects ranging from high-end residential properties and religious institutions, to urban centers, mixed-use buildings, and government agency support spaces. For the past 6 years, Aron has worked specifically with US Customs and Border Protection, helping to re-think the design of ports of entry, mission support space, foreign airport processing spaces, and office space.
Originally from Baltimore, MD, Aron moved to Washington DC in 2002 with his now wife of 10 years, Connie. They have two young children and enjoy visiting with family throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Aron spends his time volunteering at the National Building Museum, where he acts as a docent of special exhibits and a teacher of design/construction to children. He still plays soccer when his knees allow, and sitting back and coaching his son and daughter when his knees say “Stop!” Aron is passionate about cultivating an understanding of the built environment, whether at the National Building Museum or consulting with clients. Aron joined STEELE in March, 2016 and appreciates the privilege of being part of a team that embraces the importance of change management in the facilities arena.
How I make a difference:
As an architect, you are taught not to ask a client how they want their space to function, look, or feel. Instead, an architect is to ask their client what they like best about an existing space or a design they’ve seen. From the client response, an architect can better understand their true needs and preferences. While I agree that a client’s vision may be far from what they actually want or need, I believe that engaging with the client in a straightforward manner is the best approach. Design is not about interpreting feedback and then working the solution into a saleable form. Rather, it is an exploration of what is possible, practical, and responsible. Design considers a client’s direct input and becomes a conversation that continues as far as the client wishes. That conversation is what I love about architecture and that is how I make a difference.
On my best day, what I love about my job is:
I love the dynamic of challenging teammates and myself when discussing tools, solutions or strategies. I love having the expectation of a critical discussion so that our whole team feels the ability to contribute freely.
The quote that inspires me most related to the specific work that I do is:
“You give but little when you give of your posessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give” -Kahlil Gibran