"The pursuit of the inspiring idea for the project is what I value most, and it comes with having a practice that is dynamic and never static."
NATIONAL MANAGING PRINCIPAL
University of Kansas
What's been your most rewarding project(s) while at your firm?
NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center.
As a firm, we've always been inspired by the art and science of the work that we do. However, our commitment to sustainability has been an evolving part of our practice, celebrating more and more how our buildings perform from an energy standpoint.
The NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center is a perfect example of a project that does both. The building is LEED Gold Certified, while still being aesthetically beautiful and functionally useful for the client. The design of the facility is embedded in an understanding of its place in California and its purpose for NOAA researchers - satisfying the needs of the organization while also contributing to the culture of the researchers, and their commitment to environmental stewardship. It is a testament to the fact that energy efficiency doesn't have to come at the expense of beauty, and that a holistic approach to building design and performance is the future of our profession.
Most interesting place you've traveled for work?
What inspires you about your profession?
Enriching lives through design with purpose. The pursuit of the inspiring idea for the project is what I value most, and it comes with having a practice that is dynamic and never static.