As early as I can remember, I’ve always been interested in the way things go together. As a child, I loved to create buildings and little villages with my Lego’s and Lincoln Logs. I remember at a very young age helping my father renovate our two-flat on the north side of Chicago, where I was born. Chicago had a great influence on my understanding of buildings and the spaces that they create; it was quite an education taking the train back and forth to school everyday and looking at what the city had to offer in terms of places and spaces.
After high school, I went on to attend Andrews University, a small Seventh-Day Adventist university in southwest Michigan. My education was mainly a traditional one in architecture and urban planning, focusing on smaller more personal buildings and environments. In the College of Architecture, I was quite involved with our local chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students, serving as treasurer and president. In the fall of 2000, I was selected with a group of other AIAS members to attend Jimmy Carter’s Blitz Build 2000 in Americus, Georgia. During that week the 100,000th Habitat for Humanity house was built. It always is a true honor to help those in need. During my time at Andrews, I had the chance to travel extensively throughout Europe and other places. To date I have been to over two dozen countries around the world. In the spring of 2003, I graduated with my BArch and MArch. After I graduated I felt the need to volunteer my time at my home church to improve various structures on the campus, and I did so for a couple of years.
At the beginning of 2006, a good college friend of mine pointed me in the direction of Sam Marts Architects and Planners to start my internship. In my time here, I’ve come to appreciate working in a small office, where we have a diversity of projects and challenges. Every day brings different opportunities to interact with clients and fellow architects.
In my spare time, I volunteer my design services for various projects at my church and its summer camp. I am quite active in my church, where I serve as an Elder as well as a leader in our Pathfinder club & drum corps. I’m also active in various sport leagues and an avid bicyclist.