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
My teaching focus has evolved toward 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. My role within the AIADO faculty community has evolved into a partnership, where design studios and courses about systems and construction co-exist and reinforce each other without lockstep simultaneity. In addition, as both the Faculty Advisor to the AIAS chapter and the designated NCARB Licensing Advisor for the M. Arch. program, I have been fortunate to be able to help provide continuity, beyond the in-class engagements, and professional/career counseling as our students ascend through the degree programs. My experience as SAIC architecture faculty, part of the ethos of the Department and the School, has also been enormously enriching to my private practice - I am a much better architect for it.
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.
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