Biography

I have over 25 years of architectural experience, I'm licensed in Washington State and Louisiana State (inactive) and LEED accredited. I've worked on a wide range of building types from large, complex commercial, retail and mixed-use projects to smaller commercial, specialty shops and high-end residential. And I've worked on large project teams and smaller teams of one or two. I have strong organizational and management skills that are critical to successfully running a project (i.e.: setting up and managing schedules, deadlines and budgets, and keeping the project focused on the program and moving forward throughout the process). I am a problem solver with substantial technical skills, and I have worked on a variety of platforms, including AutoCad, Microstation, Revit, MS Word, Excel, SketchUp and other software applications.

Prior to becoming an architect, I worked as a stained glass artist in New Orleans for many years. During this time I worked with the New Orleans Recreation Dept/Cultural Dept. teaching art, stained glass and photography in the local community centers, developing art programs throughout the city. More recently my interests extend to the clay arts—specifically throwing pots. I'm currently doing an independent study at Pottery Northwest in Seattle.

I have both a Masters in Architecture from Tulane University and a BFA in Fine Arts at Louisiana State University.

Philosophy

On Architecture Not Quite As Usual: A Statement Of Principles

This I believe, that the spaces we inhabit shape the quality of our lives; that space has inherently an emotional and spiritual dimension; and that over time it either nourishes our well-being or diminishes it.

Architecture is fundamentally about the meaning of our lives. It reveals truths about our society, about our place in society, and about the human condition. At its best, when it is full of imagination and surprise, architecture creates energy and affirms life. We are drawn to spaces, whether retail, commercial, or residential, because the truths shaped there touch a deep need for beauty and joy.

Community Involvement

Northwest Ecobuilding Guild: Tabling Committee

Habitat for Humanity: Home Owner manuals

Sustainable Ballard

Urban Crop Circle

Ceramic Clay Arts of Washington

Phinney Neighborhood Association, Arts Committee.