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As far back as I can remember, buildings under construction have intrigued me. Growing up in a family of architects and engineers, there was no shortage of blueprints to fold and construction sites to visit. I was drawn to unfinished buildings, trying to imagine all the possibilities. I was intrigued by their incompleteness, entranced by the prospect of what the spaces could become.
Like travel, which I enjoy, architecture is as much about the journey as the destination. As a child, I would make models of places I've been to, because it gave me the ability to reconstruct, consider and change the environment in my memory. Today, physical models are an important part of my work. During the design process, models draw people, sparking conversations and unexpected observations. Later, they become artifacts, a trail of breadcrumbs that trace the iterative design process.
I strive for design that responds to and values the context of its surroundings, in both their physical and non-physical aspects. These surroundings are where you derive and place ideas for transformation. I am drawn to educational and healthcare practice because of the potential social impact. In education, this means providing inspiring learning environments for next generation of leaders. In healthcare, it means offering healing environments for patients, families and caregivers.
The best outcomes of design are often the unexpected positive ones. Occupants do not simply respond to the design intent, however thoughtful and well executed: when they take a space and make it their own in new and unanticipated ways they provide the real measure of its value.
ProjectsScripps Networks Tower
East Tennessee Children's Hospital
John R. Oishei Children's Hospital
Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo
DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan
Boston Children's Hospital
Berry Library and Learning Commons
Salem State University
MacMahon Student Center
Saint Peter's University
Brody Learning Commons
Johns Hopkins University