Why did you decide to enter your field?
I love making things. It was impossible to avoid architecture.
What or who inspired you when you were a student?
Alvin Boyarsky, who chaired my architecture program when I started it.
Do you have a secret talent that has influenced your practice in some way?
Drawing freehand interior perspectives daily without a computer.
Do you identify with a piece of music or lyricist?
I spent my years at the University of Chicago doing covers of everything played by Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix.
What written piece of criticism or fiction has motivated you?
Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx
What is the future of design/architecture/interior architecture?
The degree of interaction we expect from our smartphones will be transposed directly into our wider physical environment. People and architecture will remain somewhat autonomous, but the ways they actively collaborate through designed intelligence will expand. Designers will shape this duality of social and artificial behavior as never before.
What are the most urgent questions facing design/architecture/interior architecture today?
In the midst of the environment’s rapidly growing milieu of artificial intelligence and social psychology, how much privacy do our clients want? How much agency do our clients want? What are the societal problems that this inevitable change will exacerbate? What are the societal problems that this change will help eliminate?
What are some of your most memorable moments teaching?
Helping students mount their work at the Salon de Mobile in Milan. Taking students into Scarpa’s Olivetti showroom in Venice.
What do you plan to do after retiring?