BS (Architecture), 1983, University of Virginia; M. Arch, 1986, University of Illinois at Chicago; Licensed Architect, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, NCARB. Exhibitions and Competitions: Cities Of The Future; UIC Gallery 400; Chicago Athenaeum; Chicago Architectural Club; Design Gallery of the Merchandise Mart; Chicago Public Library Cultural Center; Oak Park Architectural League. Publications: The Architects Newspaper; AIA Guide to Chicago; Architectural Record; Progressive Architecture, Threshold (UIC Architecture Journal); Chicago Architectural Club Journal; APWA Reporter. Awards: Young Architect, AIA Chicago; Metropolitan Planning Council; Graham Foundation Grant.
Experience at SAIC
I have had the pleasure of teaching Materialization (5005) in the summer "boot camp" for incoming M. Arch. students, with Mary English, the Studio 5 course (6210), with Peter Exley, and Codes and Specs and Joints and Seams (6123), with Dan Tornheim and Tristan Stark. In Fall 2015 I will be teaching Construction and Design (4011) and Construction Systems: Integrative Practice (5113). My focus is on bringing a more full-spectrum understanding of the realities and possibilities of a critical architectural practice to our students and to help integrate and inspire their architecture with the contexts and potential of their sites.
Architecture cannot exist devoid of a client, the techniques of construction, or a context. Those contexts are political, constructive, climatic, operational, infrastructural, historic, cultural, and physical. My task as an architect is to master and integrate those realities into a creative solution that brings value and meaning to the project and my clients. While mimicry is seldom if ever beneficial, to practice architecture is to participate in an ongoing conversation with other architects, present and past, to leverage their responses to challenges while remaining true to the potential of each brief. In addition to architecture and my family I have been an elected local official and am deeply involved with the AIA.
Threads woven into my architectural practice and teaching include politics, the detailed realities and potentials of construction, an infrastructure-based approach to systems and sustainability, and education both as a program and as a project. Buildings are societal and economic constructs, each one custom and time-indexed in this mass-produced world, each an opportunity for delight. I maintain an enduring interest in the architecture and inspiration of Thomas Jefferson and the Prairie School architect Dwight Perkins and of the potential and imperative of architects to be directly involved in our political and civic functions.
Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.