I grew up at in intersection of suburban and rural communities in New Jersey, and spent much of my time at the nearby Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Visitors to the refuge walk down a long boardwalk to a bird blind, where walls with horizontal slats shield them from the birds – allowing the visitors to take in the landscape without disturbing it. The structure within the refuge, itself within the larger context of suburban New Jersey, makes clear how two seemingly separate worlds are quite close together. I practice architecture because I believe that what and how we build together has immense power to transform our environment at every scale, and to shape how we interact with the world around us and each other.
Outside of the office I like to make smaller things. I spend much of my free time on food and furniture projects, and do my best to visit wildlife refuges wherever I happen to be.