Growing up in the front range of the Colorado Rockies, I nurtured a lifelong love of the outdoors, and of sharing in the bounties of nature with family and friends.
Beginning in the early 1980s, my parents began construction on my childhood home, a passive solar log house made of locally harvested beetle-kill pine that kicked off my lifelong commitment to sustainable principles. Working by hand over a period of four years, they instilled in me a deep fascination with the built environment and a true appreciation of the craft of constructing meaningful spaces.
Summer jobs always gravitated around the building trades - from jobsite gruntery at 14, to stone masonry, carpentry, cabinetry, and interiors. These experiences continue to inform my design philosophy and approach.
In 2004, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Lehigh University, and in 2012, a Masters in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. Upon receiving my MArch, I spent two years working for Matt Fajkus Architecture, where I was lead designer and project manager on two award-winning and widely-published homes. Additionally, I led the design, fabrication, and installation of two art installations - an experience that confirmed a love of Installation Art as a means for rigorous material exploration and design research.
After leaving MF Architecture, I began collaborating with local Architect and Installation Artist Murray Legge, FAIA. Over the next few years I oversaw design development, fabrication, and construction of several large-scale art installations. Our clients for these works include the Waller Creek Conservancy, the Dallas Arboretum, and the City of San Antonio.
I formed Cookshop in 2013 as a way to have it all - to continue working with talented architects, artists, and designers, while at the same time running my own production space and business - all the while forming a growing collaborative network of talented individuals.
In 2015, fellow UT alum Ken Dineen and I began Raum Industries - a venture with the aim of exploring technology, materials, products, and systems and incorporating them into large-scale art installations. Our growing client list includes SXSW, SpaceX, Mountain Time Arts, HomeAway, Kennedy Creative, and others.