Where did you earn your degree and what certifications do you have?
I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors of Architecture Degree. I am also a LEED AP accredited professional.
How long have you been with DKN Architects and what are your responsibilities?
I joined DKN in July of 2012 as a Project Manager. and have worked on a variety of interesting projects. My primary responsibilities include all phases of a project, from initial concepts, schematic design, design development, construction documents, and through construction. One of the aspects I enjoy most about working for DKN is our total approach towards architecture. The more I see in the field influences what I do on future projects, which makes me a better project manager.
Why did you want to become an architect?
When I was in high school, I was introduced to architectural drafting. During my junior and senior years of high school, I attended Jeffersontown Vocational school for a half day and Seneca High School for the remainder of the day. I enjoyed the mix of art, math and science. I really liked creating something and understanding how it all went together. I like puzzles, and to me, architecture is one giant puzzle. I enjoy the challenge of fitting all of the spatial requirements, building systems, and site constraints into a cohesive package that is also aesthetically pleasing to the senses.
Which architects do you most admire and why?
There are several architects whose works inspires me, but if I had to narrow it down to a few I would definitely lead off with Frank Lloyd Wright. His incredible depth of work, and ability to produce different styles with the same philosophy is amazing. I am also fascinated by the work of Norman Foster and Santiago Calatrava. Norman Foster’s use and integration of the various building systems – especially structure – is genius and quite striking. Calatrava’s architecture is more a work of art, seamlessly blending structural elements into the overall building form to produce awe inspiring images.
Which buildings most inspire you and why?
I am inspired by a few buildings of note, including Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank headquarters by Norman Foster. The Sydney Opera House is notable for its iconic form and elegant simplicity. Falling Water is an incredible synthesis of both the built and natural forms. The Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank headquarters is an amazing expression of the structural system as an architectural form.
What do you enjoy doing during your personal time?
I have a six-year-old daughter who I love and adore, so most of my free time revolves around being Daddy. My wife and I love to take her to new places, where we explore and experience the world through the magical eyes of a child. When time allows, I enjoy working on our house, as I progress through my ever-growing lists of unfinished home improvement projects.