Our team doesn’t limit our knowledge and expertise. What we learn on one project and in one industry we apply to another. That cross-pollination has tangible benefits and, more than that, it’s just plain fun. I particularly enjoy the goal-setting and empathy-mapping of a project kick-off. It gets me excited about the project’s impact. The most important thing we can do for clients is listen to them and be inspired by their visions. Hearing their stories deepens our understanding of their needs, wants, and desires. It’s at that moment that we become a true partner in their journey. It’s also when those hidden opportunities–the ones that will make the project truly special–start to emerge.
One untapped passion I’d like to devote more time to would be painting. I love painting but don’t ever seem to find time or make time for it. At our farmstead, I have a loft in our barn that I intend to transform into a mini-studio in the near future.
Working through a project, realizing a client’s vision…. and then seeing the joy when the project is complete is one of the most rewarding experiences because I then see the impact the journey has had and will have for that person going forward.
It has a quiet beauty that’s difficult to explain to others. We don’t have dramatic mountain ranges or ocean breezes, but there are many beautiful things to be found in Iowa. Here are a few of my favorites:
University of Kansas (BArch)
Unitarian Universalist Society
UIHC Iowa River Landing
UIHC at Forevergreen Road
Citizen Architect Program
US Green Building Council
Iowa City Climate Action
Johnson County 4-H