age: 36 | Landscape/Interior Designer | Studio 230 and MerchantHouse
While originally attending the University of Arkansas, Bryan Callaway studied architecture. However, after his first year there, his focus turned to landscape architecture. “I have always had an interest in design and construction. I worked for a design firm after college, but soon realized my desire to be in the field during construction phase was as important as the design work itself,” he explains. “That is when I decided to start my own design/build company called Studio 230, named after my studio number in architecture school. MerchantHouse followed four years later when I began to do more and more interior design work.” Luckily, Bryan’s partner in MerchantHouse shared the same passion as he did, so the two teamed up to develop the company.
Fortunate to be able to do what he loves for a career on a daily basis, Bryan acknowledges that owning his own company is a fete in which he is very proud. He strives to continue growing both in his personal and professional lives.
Best piece of advice:
“GO PLAY OUTSIDE.” – REBECCA WICHHART, BRYAN’S MOTHER
Bryan serves on the Historic Landmark Preservation Committee for the City of Texarkana, Texas, and works with several local nonprofits in the area. Whether volunteering time, auction items, design work or materials for fundraisers or to furnish offices, Bryan feels that giving back to his community is important.
Ultimately, Bryan’s hope is to continue working in design, both interior and exterior. “I also hope to still be enjoying all the moments with my family and friends that I do now,” he says. “My life revolves around my family, so I see myself enjoying time with them and continuing to watch them grow in the future.”
Name something about you that very few people know:
“I binge watch the Science Channel, and I’m addicted to Slim Jim mild beef jerky sticks.”