I believe in the concept of the Citizen Architect. Architects have a professional obligation to safe guard the public’s health, safety and well being. In order to meet this obligation I believe architects must operate in fields other than that of professional practice. They must be engaged citizens, and bring their knowledge and skills to bear on a wide variety of issues through a wide variety of means.
The skills architects develop are not just applicable to the challenges of building design. They can be applied to a wide variety of problems because design is essentially the act of organizing a complex set of issues into a comprehensive solution. This involves breaking down large, complex problems into a set of simpler, interrelated problems, working with others to answer those smaller problems and then assembling the answers into a comprehensive solution.
Professionally I seek to create buildings that not only meet the clients needs but also help improve their context and the environment. My professional practice is focused on Metro Atlanta where development patterns are shifting from suburban expansion to urban infill. This increasing density and urbanization bring new and unique challenges to architecture . My goal is to create designs that anticipate density, that accommodate the changes it brings, and contribute to the quality of neighborhoods now and in the future.
As a private citizen I work with a variety of volunteer organizations to educate the general public about the value of design and to advocate for better design in our communities. This work includes producing a design podcast, Shop Talk, for the Architecture and Design Center.
As an artist and arts advocate I’ve worked to develop public art projects, either by creating pieces, or in support of other’s creations.
In all my work I believe in rooting creative problem solving in a factual understanding of the issues. Architecture is not an expression of private thought. It is inherently public. It impacts everyone who comes in contact with it. As such, we have an obligation to insure the ideas we are proposing actually achieve the effects we claim they do. This is not a minimalist position, form does not simply follow function. Form is function. Form communicates important information to us, and plays an integral role in how we interact with spaces.