I was born in Denver and grew up in the mountains of the Front Range. I was not, nor am I now, a bored or cynical person. Growing up, I nurtured a lifelong love of the outdoors, and of sharing in the bounties of nature with family and friends. At the same time, my parents and eventually my siblings and I built and made improvements to our log home - a labor of love that instilled in me a love of making things, and a fascination with the built environment.
Summer jobs always gravitated around the building trades - jobsite gruntery at 14, stone masonry, carpentry, cabinetry, and interiors. These experiences continue to inform my design philosophy and approach.
I graduated from Clear Creek High School in 1999, and again in 2004, with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Lehigh University. I then spent five years helping to start and run a Denver-based ski company called Icelantic. In addition to managing ski design and production, I co-curated a gallery space in our headquarters in the Santa Fe Arts District, holding monthly shows.
In 2012 I received my Masters in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, after which I spent two years working for Matt Fajkus Architecture, where I was lead designer and project manager on two award-winning homes. Additionally, I led the design, fabrication, and installation of several art installations - an experience that confirmed my 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 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.
2017 marked my return home to Colorado. In addition to continuing to pursue art and design, I’ve becoming involved in the restoration and development of an Historic Gold Mill in Idaho Springs called the Mighty Argo. I recently married my lovely wife Beth. She and I live with our dog Mabel in Golden, CO.