philosophy

I have been crafting distinctive buildings throughout Maine since 1987. My body of design work includes residential and institutional buildings. This diverse experience demonstrates a deep understanding of design, regulatory and financial considerations, and the ability to negotiate these often competing interests into responsive and affordable buildings that are pleasant contributions to our built environment.

I love living and working on the coast of Maine. Our rich environment of rock, water and trees inspires my creative efforts. The challenges of our Maine climate and the resultant need for durability prompts my focused attention on materials and detailing. Maine weather provides the motivation for energy conservation and comfort. 

I cultivate lasting relationships with clients, builders, colleagues and others who demonstrate knowledge, dedication and skill. There are MANY aspects to designing and constructing responsive, durable and affordable buildings, but the most critical component in this forever quest is people. Valued relationships make good buildings.


THINK GLOBAL. ACT LOCAL.

An often-used phrase that summarizes what motivates my practice of architecture.

Climate change is a very real and grave threat to our planet. I believe that I have a social responsibility to use my knowledge and experience to mitigate environmental harm.

I find it rewarding to design a home for a family that will enjoy the comfort, durability, and fiscal benefits of living in a thoughtfully designed house. That reward is compounded in knowing that my work will enhance their ability to live a socially sustainable life.


GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Build consensus, share knowledge, cooperate and collaborate.
  • Strive to find inspiration in all things.
  • Find the extra in ordinary.
  • Design is an iterative process. Life can be, too.
  • Understand the past. Design buildings for today.
  • Always seek mastery of my craft - architecture.
  • Forever learn.
  • Ask “What is enough?”
  • Good clients make good buildings.

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES ABOVE MY DESK

  • “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” Lao Tzu.

  • “A building is a struggle, not a miracle.” Louis Kahn.

  • “I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.” Henry David Thoreau.

  • “Verum Ipsum Factum” (we only know what we make). Giambattista Vico.

 

 

“A thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed;  but a thing created is loved before it exists.”

                                                                                      Charles Dickens