Joined The Collaborative
Became a Principal
Most Notable Item in My Office
I would have to say my artistic endeavors that were the result of an artistic welding course at the Toledo Museum of Art. Also a figurine of Edna Mode from The Incredibles – I just love her character. If we’re looking more work related, I truly appreciate the framed picture of BGSU’s Student Union. It was a gift from the client as a way to recognize our efforts for going above and beyond on the project. It was a really meaningful gesture that I take a lot of pride in.
Royal Oak, Michigan
The birth of my kids comes to mind – how can that not be memorable? It is one of those life changing, life impacting events that stays with you as this raw memory. The day my first child was born is by far my most vivid memory.
In My Spare Time
Generally speaking, I enjoy renovating and building. I also enjoy working on cars. At 14, my dad and I restored a truck, which ended up being my first vehicle. I learned everything about cars from him, and I can only hope my boys will share the same passion. Unfortunately, we don’t really have the space for a project like that right now.
A meaningful design solution begins with inquiry. Design is a process; one that is organic and adapting, not prescriptive and imposing. We strive to create solutions that are at once functional, meaningful and beautiful. In order to accomplish this, we have to come to our client first with questions, then ideas.
Design Passion / Area of Specialty
Student life, of course. Really it’s facilities in general that help support the institution, forging relationships that will stay with you through college and beyond. When it comes to passion, I really appreciate observing the craft and craftsmanship, whether by the architect or craftsman. Drawn to the pride in the entire work, from mind to hand to craftsman – the whole process is meaningful.
Favorite Building Material or Design Element
Wood. Yeah, you can build walls with it, but I mean as a finish. Otherwise, I would have to say I don’t really have a favorite. Materials become stronger when paired, so combinations of materials can make them stronger as a composition – an overall solution. There is definitely a certain dynamic when it comes to the fusion of materials.
If Not an Architect, I Would Be
I’m not really sure. This is what I’ve always wanted to do. It’s my “Plan A.” I’m fortunate that it turned out how I always envisioned. I guess a craftsman of some sort comes to mind – I could definitely see that.
Favorite Technological Gadget
Not really a huge gadget person. I guess it would have to be my iPhone or tablet PC – probably the iPhone.
Favorite Time of Day
Morning. Or any time of day when it’s sunny.