Why did you join AIA Seattle?

I joined AIA Seattle to be a part of the larger architectural community.

What is the value of AIA to you?

AIA is effectively working to enhance our profession and our community.

What relationships have you created?

Having joined the Board last year, I have met many terrific people. I am amazed at the highly skilled folks who commit their time and energy to AIA.

What project are you working on now?

One of the projects that I am working on is a new music school building at the University of Iowa. It’s an interesting program mix of performance and higher education.

How do you explain what you do for a living?

Architects make ideas real.

What inspired you today?

Looking out the window at our beautiful city.

Has your career taken you anywhere you didn’t expect?

I did not originally plan to be an architect but after working as a carpenter, engineer and contractor, I saw that the architect has a central role in the process and that appealed to me.

Where is the field of architecture, engineering or construction headed?

The AEC industry is experiencing rapid change. Technology is having a profound influence on how we design and build. Ignore it at your peril…

Can design save the world?

That’s a tall order but we can try!

What do you hope to contribute from your work?

Inspiring spaces for learning and growing.

What is your favorite Seattle-area structure?

It has to be the Seattle Central Library after working on it for nearly five years.

If you could sum up your outlook on life in a bumper sticker, what would it say?

Carpe Diem!