I am in pursuit of an everyday architecture: buildings and spaces that are grounded in their locality, supportive of the activities they accommodate, and reflective of the mores and values of those who inhabit them. I favor clean, light-infused spaces that support daily rituals and celebrate domesticity. I believe in simple pragmatic solutions that help enable people to live and work to their greatest potential. I enjoy crafting overlapping spaces that extend perception, to foster a sense of expansiveness and render their use more flexible. I love materiality and find joy in honoring their intrinsic qualities through honesty in their use. While I am a modernist at heart, I find inspiration in a diverse range of aesthetic and cultural sources, from the past and from around the world. I believe it is important to balance the formal and functional with richness that can come from nature, and from color, texture, and pattern.
From my first building projects as a Peace Corps volunteer through twenty-plus years of working with corporate firms designing high-end corporate offices and hotel interiors, I know that the most successful projects generally result from a strong collaboration between owner, architect and builder: working together as a multi-disciplinary team helps ensure breadth of ideation and considered decision-making. My experience working across the US, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean taught me the value of being a careful listener, cautious with assumptions, and honest about things I don't know. While design is a creative act dependent upon the talent of an individual, I regard the practice first and foremost as a service to society. Irregardless of scale or budget, every project is an opportunity to potentially affect positive change, while striving to mitigate the environmental impacts of our activity.
I am a supporter of urban agriculture initiatives in the non-profit sector, I hike with my dog and try to run long distances, and I love to bake and cook new recipes for family and friends.