While studying architecture at Mississippi State University (MSU), my passions for the field were confirmed and under the guidance of the tremendous faculty there, my skills in design began to develop. I also had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad at the Diploma School of Architecture at Plymouth University in England. This time in Europe allowed me to travel extensively and study the architectural treasures of the continent. After returning stateside, I earned a professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from MSU and began my career.
After working several years for architecture firms where I managed a wide variety of large and small projects, I found myself gravitating toward the residential projects that came across my desk. I developed a deep appreciation for the scale and intimacy that is inherent to the design of a private residence. I learned quickly that these projects demanded the same level of attention to detail and offered an even greater professional challenge when compared to the commercial genres of architecture. It was out of this experience that RJ Elder Design was born and thrives to this day.