Armadillo is Spanish for “little armored one”, a definition which suited Archie well as a first-year architecture student hailing from Texas State University, where everything is bigger save our little friend’s ego. This character trait serves him well where he now is the company mascot for ADA Architects in Cleveland, Ohio, where the beer runs cold, and the football season is short.
His bony yet flexible skin deflected more than a few critiques leveled by over-eager teaching assistants. And his short yet speedy legs ensured on-time arrival to structures class, punitively scheduled for 7:45 a.m. Cursed with poor eyesight due to genetics and bright laptop screens, his keen sense of smell kept him well-fed as he could ferret out stashes of Little Debbie snack cakes in freshman studio.
This specimen was inspired by the cover art on Tarkus by progressive rockers Emerson, Lake & Palmer, a favorite album of ADA President Emeritus Martin Strelau. Known affectionately as “Archie” ever since his emergence from the talented hand of ADA Principal James Kassay (University of Cincinnati, ’98), the curvilinear silhouette of our cold-bodied mascot is proudly emblazoned on office merch such as mugs, t-shirts, and thumb drives.
Texas State University
Entomology, the study of insects and hoplology, the science of offensive and defensive weaponry.
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