I’m from North Carolina originally but came to Iowa from California, where I cut my teeth practicing architecture while teaching design at UC Berkeley and San Jose State University. Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate the value of having darn good reasons for making design suggestions. With so much at stake, clients are necessarily candid. Bullshit evaporates pretty quickly. At the same time, it takes patience, trust, and a team of open minds to achieve the level of care and thoroughness a project requires to be successful. Finding opportunity in daunting tasks is where Neumann Monson thrives.
What's an untapped passion you'd like to devote more time to?
Dry-stack stonewalling. The more I stare at computers and smartphones the fonder I become of sweat and clay. Hard to beat the joy of discovering and maneuvering stones; kneeling in the earth and rousing its tiny inhabitants as I configure their world.
What makes Iowa unique?
I'm very excited to land here. Iowa feels like home, with just a little more corn and a little less NASCAR than where I grew up.
What's your favorite 'Iowa Nice' story?
Back when I was considering moving here and had just reached out to Neumann Monson, Kevin Monson suggested that we have our first phone conversation on a Saturday so we could maneuver around my work schedule and our time difference. That seemed a little above and beyond for a young upstart such as myself but when I expressed my incredulity to my wife she just shrugged and said, "Well, he's from Iowa."
Foster + Partners
Fernau & Hartman
San Jose State University
Princeton University (AB)
UC Berkeley (MArch)