I take pride in the work I do whether on or off the clock. When not working on architectural projects, I spend my time learning and building skills in other areas because, inevitably, someday it will apply to an architectural situation. Whether by rowing racing shells, traveling, working on various independent projects, sketching, or practicing other languages, I'm always looking to push myself further.
The education I have received to date has been non-traditional and broad in scope. During my 5-year accredited B.Arch from Iowa State University, I spent 6 months living in Santiago, Chile where I studied architecture in Spanish at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Immediately after the semester I flew to Rome, Italy to join my classmates of Iowa State in the Rome Program where we studied at our satellite campus in the former Jewish Ghetto. Upon return to Ames for my final year I was awarded a tremendous full-ride scholarship to spend my last semester in Shanghai, China studying at Tongji University and to work with a firm for two months after the semester.
One passion of mine is traveling to learn from other cultures, architecture, and languages. I strongly believe travel to be an essential component to an architect's ongoing education. Over my last summer break I backpacked alone through Europe for three months to learn anything and everything I could about other cultures and experiencing the built environment. I spent each day exploring and sketching in an attempt to document experience as I made my way through the cities of Eastern, Northern, and Western Europe.
For more information, please feel free to contact me:
or any of these references:
Tom Leslie, AIA
Pickard Chilton Professor and Director of Graduate Education
Daniel Naegele, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Iowa State University
Curtis D. Ehler, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Principal/Owner, Studio MELEE
Critiquing Chinese students' work
Practicing Chinese with the locals
Another trip, another postcard
Placing first in the CSI Prize jury competition
Self-published books about my travels
Map of travels through Europe
The final review of my project in Chile
Critiquing younger students' work (left)
Strolling through the Panamanian rainforest
Sketching at Villa Savoye
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