Director of Architectural Design
How does one end up in the practice of architecture? Certainly Hollywood glamorizes the profession. After all, the father of the coolest family on television was an architect. And he had a bunch of kids and a maid. He must have made good money. And many of the leading men in movies that aren’t some kind of action hero seem to be an architect. That must mean something, right? On the other hand there was that guy in that old television show that was so over worked he was driven into delirium to the degree that he thought his horse could speak. But still, a talking horse is pretty cool.
So how did I end up here? Maybe it was going to the office and visiting job sites with my grandfather in Texas, a brick mason his entire life, whose attention to detail will never be surpassed. Maybe it was going to work with my mother during school breaks and spending the day drawing all manner of high rise building with her perspective grids while she designed home renovations. Whatever the influence, I’ve always loved to create, whether through drawing, painting, or building models. That creative streak, combined with what I thought was a certain degree of mathematical skill, lead me to Georgia Tech where I pursued my architectural degree. Thankfully the architectural program didn’t stress mathematical prowess as much as the rest of the institution and I was soon able to move beyond the core classes and focus on what really mattered – Yellow Jacket football, basketball, and architecture. To that end I spent the summer of my freshman year studying art and watercolor in Urbino, Italy – where I learned about much more than watercolor. The next two years at Tech were a process of discovery and growth where it became clear to me that the built environment was the medium in which to express my creativity. This journey culminated with my senior year in Paris, France at the Ecole d’Architecture.
I began my career doing interior architecture for the high-end hospitality industry at Culpepper, McAuliffe, and Meaders. This experience provided a great deal of insight into the importance of creating interior space, and the symbiosis between architecture and interior design. It was there that I began to understand that architecture is as much about creating the interior of a building as it is about the building itself. For it is within the buildings that we create that we spend the majority of our waking life. From there I moved on to Zaic Hug & Associates where I was given the opportunity to work on many different types of design including commercial, retail, resort, and high-end single family and multifamily homes. I joined forces with Jason Shepard in 2009 where we have focused on mixed-use multifamily projects.
At home I am blessed to be married to Karen, a beautiful and patient woman – who is also an extremely talented and successful interior designer. We are both equally blessed with two wonderful children; our quiet and artistic daughter, Madison and our boisterous and precocious son, Joshua. Together we complete each other; cycling, hiking, traveling, and yes – building every imaginable Lego creation.