ultimate arbiter of beauty is the natural world. Nature has no passing
styles - no trends, no fads, and no gimmicks.
I was educated at MIT, and studied the natural world for evidence of
good design. My design philosophy pays great respect to the
surroundings, whether they be natural or man-made. I was a biologist
before I was an architect.
||Fundamental elements of good design transcend style. Locations of the
sun, the trees, the views, the sounds, the surrounding houses, all are
incorporated into creating great spaces and light.
My respect for the surroundings extends to a respect for building
materials, used in ways that are appropriate to their nature.
My focus remains on basic design principles. I have built several houses
myself, keeping one eye on design and the other on constructability and
||I take great pride in designing houses that are easy to build with
common materials, though not necessarily put together in common ways.
Anyone can design a good house on an extraordinary site with an
extraordinary budget. The real satisfaction comes from making the most
out of less.
As in most creative fields, I work sometimes on commission, sometimes
for a public opening - with equal enthusiasm on clients' homes and on my
own, for-sale projects. This practice is not so common in architecture.
||Our work has many threads.
Courtyards are used to bring the outdoors in, expanding the interior.
We place a second floor towards the rear of a house to mitigate the
visual impact on the street, which has the added benefit of allowing the
common areas to be vaulted.
Contrast is used with subtlety to set up drama between light and dark,
low and high, simple and complex.
Materials are chosen judiciously. I select exterior materials that
respect the houses nearby. Interior materials provide richness where
they can be most often viewed and touched, more modest elsewhere to
provide contrast and, of course, a reasonable budget.
All of our current work uses a sophisticated software program (ArchiCAD)
that builds a 3D computer model right from the concept phase. We use
this as a design tool, to allow clients, buyers, and contractors to
understand the house in three dimensions before it is built. The
software allows walk-throughs as well as solar studies at different
times of the day and year.