A combo of dark chocolate covered caramels with sea salt + red wine
Homemade clothing from my grandmother
Any building illustrated by Dr. Seuss- yes, they are fictional, and no he wasn’t an architect in the true sense of the word, but he definitely had an architectural style that I am enthralled by.
I am attracted to design because it allows me to use both hemispheres of my brain, and no two work days are the same. Architecture grants one the ability to affect positive change through design in a way that no other profession does.
Phillips-Exeter Academy Library in Exeter, NH. I have always been attracted to Kahn’s handling of light and materiality to create functional monuments that are both timeless and undeniably modern. The library was my first personal encounter with one of Kahn’s works, leaving a lasting impression and causing me to appreciate architecture as a creative art.
The International Refugee Assistance Project.
I love shaping people’s experiences in a space in a positive way.
A cat called Mikesch and a dog called Robby (who lives with my parents).
I have a lot of my old art, dating back even to middle school, that I’ve held on to. It takes up a lot of room and it’s not something that I would share with others, but every few years I’ll look back on it and see just how much I’ve learned since then.
The Bank of China Tower by I.M. Pei. I can appreciate how its geometric and mathematical form takes inspiration from nature, bamboo and feng shui to situate itself in the complex urban fabric of Hong Kong.
A dog. His name is Simba. He’s part Golden Retriever, part Lion and park duckling. He knows no stranger.
I was always interested in the creation of spaces and manipulating my environment. We have the opportunity to affect the lives and experiences of people with our designs.
I would have to say the Pantheon in Rome. The experience of being in that singular space with the understanding that it was built almost 2000 years ago.
My great Grandparent’s rickety old chair.
Any building by Frank Lloyd Wright. His attention to detail fascinates me. I toured his “Allen House” in Wichita three times, and every time I discovered something new.
Project boards from my high school interior design class that are collecting dust in my childhood bedroom.
The Barcelona Pavillion. It seems to come to mind a lot.
There are too many people that like Decatur. Seriously. It would solve traffic.
Bill Murray, I hope.
My favorite building is actually a renovated 19th century chicken coop. It is now a small single bedroom apartment. The building sits only a few feet from a large fresh water lake in upstate NY. It is equally spectacular in summer and winter….it is the adult version of a fort in the woods.
My magazine collection of PA (Progressive Architect for those too young to have heard of this publication).
BBQ….pulled, never chopped.
Shelter is essential. I’ve always been interested in the decisions that influence and help create inspiring, useful, comfortable built environments.
To improve the treatment of women and girls everywhere and eradicate slavery. I know. That’s two problems. But we’re in my imagination right now.
Why should any pleasure be guilty?
My latest favorite is: The Blur by Diller Scofidio and Renfro because it taught me that architects, most importantly, design and orchestrate an experience rather than just buildings.
Plastic in our oceans
Growing up in Dubai, I got to see the ambitious architecture around me. I also love traveling and saw myself curious about why cities/built environments look like the way it does!
I would love to be a great chef. The universal way that people can express themselves and bring people together through food can be so powerful and joyful. Most of my best memories are associated with a meal; family holidays, getting married, camping with my best friends, traveling, to name a few all come back to great food.
Shoes. I love shopping for shoes. There has to be great restraint, I have set a specific number and one must go before another pair can be bought.
Sainte-Chapelle de Paris. I have visited this space several times and I am always made speechless when I step into this colored filled space.
I enjoy critical thinking, problem solving and design… Architecture allows me to do all of these while improving the environment and positively impacting the lives of others simultaneously.
Sagrada Familia in Barcelona… I love Gaudi’s work.
In college, one of my friends was working on some drawings and models for his architecture classes while I was writing a paper. I distinctly remember looking at my friend working, and then looking at my paper, and realizing I wanted that instead – to create and make things instead of write about them.
Watching Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Casting concrete – it is something that has fascinated me since Architecture School, from pushing the boundaries of form to better understanding admixtures and aggregates in order to change the feeling of concrete through texture and nuances in color. I would love to learn more about the material and process, and begin to make some small casts.
I’ve always been a designer and builder of things. I think spatially and I think by drawing. The “Design Process” is one of the best tools we have to collaborate, expand knowledge and problem-solve. I design with emotion and experience in mind. I thirst to know others’ points of view, problems and goals. I’ve found architecture very meaningful, as it’s an incredibly under-utilized resource when it comes to leveraging the built environment for culturally and socially critical functions, such as education.
A cat, and young children.
Access to a fair and balanced education be an undeniable human right regardless of age, race, income or beliefs.
Sagrada Família. This building literally moved my soul.
Because I believe the built environment can help promote and influence positive social interactions and experiences.
Lack of empathy and concern for others.
I enjoy seeing products of one’s imagination rise out of the ground. I remember watching time-lapse images of a building under construction on Sesame Street when I was a kid and it just captivated me. I also spent hours playing with my Blocks building “grand halls and coliseums.” Later in high school my introduction to Architecture was the works of Frank Lloyd Wright. Who doesn’t like the scenery, setting and forms of one of his most famous houses, Falling Water?
Two horses. My wife and I pamper and spoil them. Endless fun with them.
My 1996 Summer Olympics sweatshirt. I have worn it every cold season for the last twenty years – It’s covered with paint and stains, torn and tattered, and will finally be retired this year.
South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center. I love the contemporary look of the building & innovative light piece that illuminates inside of the lobby area.
Play the piano.
My Gameboy w/ Tetris game. It doesn’t work but it’s one of my favorite memories from childhood. I was a champ!
Architecture combines the arts and sciences in a way that other professions do not. Growing up I was fascinated by the shape of plants, insects, marine life and chaos theory. I am a problem-solver by nature. Spatial design problems satisfy my constant need to organize what I see or encounter around me.
My favorite building in the world is the 1930 modernist Villa Mueller by Adolf Loos in Prague. Adolf Loos designed spaces and volumes, not floor plans, that interact with one another. For Loos, architecture was about the economy of function. The function of the private space defined the exterior transparency or lack thereof. He was very careful to separate the public and private space. The facades were typically clean, white cubes. His interiors were a showcase of natural materials like marble, wood and silk. The Villa Mueller is now a museum and when I was able to see it for myself in 1999, its majesty took my breath away.
I have been fortunate to have worked on many different project types, including the Hall of Fame for the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium, New England Office of the EPA and US Bankruptcy Courts, Sidra Medical & Research Clinic in Doha, Qatar, Boston University Law School, Kaya Winery in Dahlonega, US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team HQ at Fort Bragg, Berckman’s Place at Augusta National, Ray Charles Fine Arts Center, the Old North Church and Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate by HH Richardson.
Because I’m obsessed with solving puzzles…and to me, architecture is the biggest uber-puzzle of them all. There are a thousand different possibilities. What will make the space beautiful? Functional? Cost-effective? Innovative? Fun? Most impactful for the community? Each of these questions has a different answer, but when you’re able to find a way to tie all the threads together, the best reward is seeing others enjoy that little piece of the puzzle that you helped bring to life.
Jennifer Lawrence starring in some quirky Wes Anderson movie.
REI…. And then I’d head for the mountains and you’d never see me again.
This is where we live. This is where we work. This is where we play. Design of these spaces makes a difference.
My car – I can always ride my Vespa to work 🙂