I’ve always wanted to create places. My desire to build, influence and transform organized space started with my first dollhouse and grew as I commandeered my little brothers’ Ghostbuster’s headquarters for “renovations”, figured out the best way to stack books and stretch blankets to make indoor forts, and built countless Lego villages for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to destroy. That urge, furthered by a drafting class I took in middle school and combined with my love of the outdoors, led me to the University of Georgia to pursue Landscape Architecture. After a few months of work experience in the field during my senior year however, I was left wondering why I was planning spaces and proposing landscape around everything “the Architect” was designing. I made the call then and there to change gears and enrolled at the Georgia Institute of Technology the following summer in the Masters of Architecture program.
My initial interest was always in custom residential work, but after graduating into one of the worst job markets in recent decades, I watched numerous classmates leave the industry and decided to take one of the only available jobs in the field - doing store remodel projects for an international retailer. I was fortunate to discover that I had a passion for retail architecture, and I’ve spent the time since expanding my project portfolio and developing an intimate knowledge of all things retail.
Fast forward a marriage, a baby, and a move to the suburbs later… I was presented with the fantastic opportunity to join Dwell in January 2015 with a chance to add my skillset to a group already doing incredible work in multiple sectors, so I jumped at it and haven’t looked back! When I’m not working, I challenge myself with sprint triathlons, adventure races, and home improvement projects, and I spend my leisure time enjoying the beautiful Georgia weather out and about with my family or relaxing with a good book.