Q: Where are you from?
I grew up Winchester Massachusetts, it’s a ways northwest of Boston. It’s a lovely little town, very New England, a bit unforgiving in winter though.
I moved to California in early spring of 2018 and I love it here, it’s everything I wanted it to be. I was really enamored with the vernacular of residential design in the Bay and in SoCal. There are so many beautiful projects being developed in a wide variance of design motif and scale (especially residential projects which are my main interest as a designer) compared to the Northeast.
Q: Where did you go to school?
Boston Architectural College. The projects I developed there were very focused on the needs of the city, of its residents, how to improve their lives and the design language of the city as a whole. Even if the work was very abstract and never realized that locality gives you a feeling of purpose and fulfillment.
Q: Tell me about your family
I grew up closest to my grandparents. My grandmother worked in real estate and my grandfather is a photographer. I learned about film photography from him when I was very little (probably spent too much time in his darkroom with all those chemical…).
Q: When did you first develop an interest in architecture?
I distinctly remember one car ride into Boston when I was very little (probably about four) we drove through the financial district and I was in awe of all the beautiful buildings… Towering glass boxes, Gothic inspired stone structures, beautiful churches. I think that’s when I first fell in love with design.
Q: What kinds of projects do you most enjoy working on?
The bulk of my work experience is in large scale residential design but my passion as a designer will always be small scale residential projects. One client, one vision, and a process of refinement to make something beautiful and functional.
Q: How long have you worked at FA?
I joined the team at the end of November 2018 so a little over a month and a half. But I should have joined a lot sooner!
Q: What makes our office unique?
Incredibly beautiful design, a wonderfully curated project portfolio, and a very welcoming atmosphere.
Q: What’s your favorite part about coming to work?
The projects I’m a part of right now are amazing and I feel privileged to contribute to their design. I’m seasoned in BIM management and I’d like to become a crucial asset to the firm in that respect – someone people can depend on to keep things running smoothly.
Q: Are you passionate about anything?
I’ve enjoyed film photography since I was little. I dabble in lots of hobbies: furniture design, sketching, piano, astronomy, physics, world affairs… Maybe I’m too unfocused!
Q: Do you have a professional role model?
I’d say designers like Toyo Ito and Zaha Hadid. Toyo Ito is very mathematical in his design and I think there’s a lot of beauty in that. I take a lot of personal inspiration from studio Nendo in Japan, there is a wonderful thoughtfulness and childlike curiosity to their design.
I’m also personally inspired by traditional Shinto design and carpentry- there is an event in Japan every decade or so called Shikinen Sengu in which the same temple is torn down and rebuilt using the same ancient carpentry methods, it’s definitely on my bucket list.
Q: What’s your design process like?
Lots of sketching and iteration, refinement of ideas, I also enjoy working with physical models whenever possible. Architects are detectives in a way, every program has a design truth waiting to be uncovered.
Q: What superpower do you wish you had?
Probably flight, for travel and photography purposes. It’d be a dream to get a bird’s eye view in any city I visit.