I have always enjoyed solving problems and figuring out how things work. In college that led me to study a lot of the natural sciences and math, and I was always more interested in the applied aspects. It wasn’t until the engineering program expanded at UAA that I really found my niche.
Good design is about the thoughtful touches that show up where you least expect them. I enjoy creative lighting design. It allows me to interface with the interior design and architectural aspects of building design, while exercising some artistic creativity. I especially enjoy finding ways to include creative lighting concepts in projects where, based on the scope or budget, it normally wouldn’t be expected. Good design is about the thoughtful touches that show up where you least expect them.
Currently, I’m working on a couple designs for interior improvements and additions to medical facilities. Hospital and medical facility design work is a favorite of mine because it is relatively code-intensive and challenging, and allows us to design around some cutting-edge medical technologies. The most successful projects are ones where the design and construction team are regularly communicating and coordinating with each other. In my experience, a lot of problems that arise late in design, or during construction, could have been corrected with better communication of expectations or requirements early on.
The facilities and projects we work on are the hospitals, schools, and public facilities that we use as a community. They support and allow our society to function. I try to think about every aspect of a design with the same care and attention to detail that I would put into the design of my own office or home.
Do I have a secret or hidden talent? I would classify it more as a “ridiculous hobby.” I collect, repair, and refurbish pinball machines and arcade games, and have a pretty good collection in my home game room. It allows me to do some hands-on electrical work, soldering and repairing of old circuit boards. It is satisfying to take a 30-year-old machine that has been beat near to death, and restore it so that it looks and plays like new. Plus, they are fun to play!