Joined The Collaborative
Officially in 2000, with three co-ops prior.
Became a Principal
Most Notable Item in My Office
Dr. Sheldon Cooper bobblehead doll. Have you seen the Big Bang Theory? It’s the best show ever – hilarious!
My wedding day with my beautiful bride, Amy.
In My Spare Time
Spare time is family time at the Russeau household. Amy and I love hanging out with the kids (two boys and a girl). I also enjoy anything sports related, whether it’s playing golf or softball, taking in a baseball game at the park, or watching football on TV – I’m a HUGE Detroit and UofM fan! I like to work on various home improvement projects as well…even if they are never fully completed.
I absolutely believe the client should be the co-author to the design solution, because every project and client’s needs are unique. Designs should be current, yet lasting; beautiful, yet functional. And above all, sustainable.
Design Passion / Area of Specialty
Sports and Recreation
Favorite Building Material or Design Element
Any exterior metal cladding product whose appearance weathers over time – like cor-ten steel, copper, or zinc. I think it’s fascinating to see how these elements evolve throughout the years.
If Not an Architect, I Would Be
I don’t know for sure, but I’ve always thought it would be related to sports. Maybe an athletic trainer or rehab specialist.
Favorite Technological Gadget
iPhone – it’ll change your life!
Favorite Time of Day
Evening is when I have the most energy, am most creative, and most productive.