Current City: Chicago, IL
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Wellbe Bartsma: How did APX help you upon graduation or shortly thereafter? How did you get more involved with APX?
Jordan Buckner: Going to the National Conventions allowed me to grow a network of friends and professional connections throughout the country. Serving on the Anthemios Alumni Association as Treasurer also helped me get connected to alumni in the area and give back to the actives who are still in school. Being a Teaching Assistant after I graduated for the first year architecture studio also enabled me to teach actives as well as all of the other students about the architecture profession and what life is like in grad school as well as the professional world.
WB: What was your transition into business thinking like coming from a design background?
JB: I’ve always known I wanted to be some type of entrepreneur. I’ve always enjoyed the combination of design thinking and business thinking. In architecture, you learn how to solve a problem that is presented to you. It is a problem solving process that has helped me create business model critiques to help refine the business model as well as refine products.
WB: What made you decide to switch from design to business? What is the business concept?
JB: I was looking for a way in which I would have a larger impact on helping people. I was interested in problems beyond architecture and wanted to find a way to help others. This new business model is a meal service for busy couples and families to help them get dinner on the table and spend quality time together. ChopBox designs recipes with fresh vegetables, herbs, and meats that provide balanced nutrition and are combined in flavorful ways to bring variety into your kitchen. Today’s working class is really busy, so by having these ingredients shipped to your door all ready to make, people can save the time spent at the grocery store and preparing their meals so that they are able to spend more quality time together. By the way, I had the opportunity to get my MBA, which allowed me to transition from architectural design to human-centric and product design.
WB: Did having a design background help you into transitioning into business thinking?
JB: Having a design background helped me in the sense of approaching one problem. In architecture school we were taught that there are lots of potential solutions to a given problem. This brings an outside skill set into a new discipline where normally the most financially viable solution is seen as the only solution. The skill sets I learned from architecture either complemented or helped me create new ways of solving problems in business.