August 9, 2018
As a newbie here at B&V, I’m excited to get to know this talented group of architects, landscape architects, and interior designers.
I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, in a house my father designed. His father and grandfather had both been developers, while one of his brothers, my uncle John, was a structural engineer, and another, my uncle Francis, an architect. It’s as if buildings are in our blood. For the child version of me, that meant tree forts, legos and lots of drawing. I was the artsy kid.
My life truly opened up the day after high school graduation, when I boarded a plane for France. A year in Strasbourg, two in Paris, three on the east coast, and then four in Japan as an English teacher, cemented my loves of learning, travel, language, discovering cultures (especially through music), and photography.
After the passing of my mother, I finally gave some hard thought to what I wanted to be when I grew up. Architecture combines artistry with practicality, with the opportunity to contribute something positive to our community. And it’s universal! So I returned to Michigan to get my Master of Architecture degree.
This time after graduation, we loaded up the pick-up truck and trailer, and drove out to Seattle. I started working at Boyle + Wagoner, which morphed into BOLA, a firm that specializes in historic preservation. It was a great way to learn about Seattle. I then worked for three years at PJA working on zoos. After that, I spent the next 14 or so years working on affordable housing and shelter projects at Tonkin Hoyne Lokan, Environmental Works, and Schemata Workshop. It was rewarding work, and offered a view into one of our region’s more pressing challenges.
When not working, I’m puttering around the house and yard, listening to or playing music, reading, traveling, snorkeling while traveling, taking photos or scanning old negatives.
I’m excited to be here working with all of you.