Where did you earn your degree and what certifications do you have?
I attended the University of Cincinnati and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelors of Architecture degree. I am also certified as a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional).
How long have you been with DKN Architects and what are your responsibilities?
I started my employment when the firm’s name was Tucker & Booker in November 1985. My responsibilities include a full range from schematic design and design development to the construction document phase. I’m also involved in the bidding phase and am responsible for responding to general contractor’s questions. Once a contractor is selected and construction begins, I am involved in the construction administration phase including site observations, reviewing submittals, shop drawings, pay applications, and conducting punch list inspections of a building as it is being completed. Being involved from beginning to end enables you to improve the details of the initial design concept as it proceeds into construction. Many of the projects I work on are office, retail, and multi-family residential buildings, but I have also designed several retirement centers, library, and gymnasium facilities.
Why did you want to become an architect?
In high school, I enjoyed both math and art classes. I particularly liked geometry and pen/pencil art mediums. Architecture combined all of these aspects, so it seemed to be a natural choice to pursue. Geometric concepts often help to provide the initial design idea for a building. In the days when all construction documents were hand-drafted, artistic skills were essential. Rendered elevations and perspectives allowed for a personal expression of an individual’s unique style.
Which architect do you most admire and why?
Frank Lloyd Wright is the genius of American architecture. Very few have created so many truly innovative concepts. He had an incredible ability to incorporate the building design into the surrounding landscape and environment. I also admire firms such as Perkins and Will for their ability to combine natural materials like masonry, with steel and aluminum, to create very modern yet human-scaled buildings.
Which buildings most inspire you and why?
Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings, such as Fallingwater, Taliesen West, the Robie House, and countless others, all are inspirational examples of his genius. Even though some are a century old, they still convey innovative concepts, and are each wedded to their sites so that one cannot exist without the other.
What do you enjoy doing during your personal time?
Hiking, enjoying nature, and bicycling are a few of my favorite activities. They both have health and stress-relieving benefits. Biking allows one to see the environment from a different perspective. With the increasing number of bike trails being constructed along converted rail lines, I have been trying to take advantage of these routes to see areas of the country not accessible by car. Last year, I rode the path which parallels the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany. In May, I will travel along the Katy Trail which spans Missouri. These paths pass through scenic towns and rural areas and allow one to learn more of the history surrounding the region. Many of these routes were once industrialized areas that have since become restored by nature.
Source: May 2018 DKN Impact E-Newsletter