Where did you earn your degree and what certifications do you have?
I graduated from the Ball State College of Architecture and Planning in 2003 with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design.
How long have you been with DKN Architects and what are your responsibilities?
I have been employed by DKN Architects since June of 2012 as a project manager. My responsibilities include developing preliminary building designs and space plans then turning them into documents for permitting, bidding, and construction. During the construction phase of a project, I am responsible for reviewing submittals, responding to questions from contractors, and facilitating coordination between owners and contractors.
Why did you want to become an architect?
I was raised in a family of engineers, so I was always attracted to design professions. I had planned on majoring in civil or mechanical engineering until my senior year at Jeffersonville High School, when I realized I was probably too right brain oriented to enjoy the math classes I would need to take. I had taken some architectural drafting classes in high school, and I discovered that the combination of both aesthetic and technical problem solving inherent in the profession was appealing to me.
Which architect do you most admire and why?
Norman Foster and Renzo Piano are a couple of architects that I admire the most. I grew up around my father’s aircraft repair shop, so the expression of building structure and mechanical systems in their designs resonated with me. I also appreciate the novel ways the two architects incorporate natural light and ventilation in their projects.
Which buildings most inspire you and why?
The most inspiring building I have visited is probably Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water. It is a building that is inseparable from its site and context; it represents the limits of construction technology in the 1930’s and is an icon of American architecture.
What do you enjoy doing during your personal time?
I enjoy taking walks and hiking with my wife and two children. I generally have an ongoing construction project at my house that takes me at least two years to complete. I have also spent the last few years teaching myself guitar and bass in an attempt to reconnect with music.