My teaching philosophy involves the perpetual toggle of existentialism, execution, and reflection. These three initiatives fold into a practice methodology and manifest in any number of sequences and forms.  Ideally, this perpetual inquiry begins to shape the student’s perception of “the future” as an extension of their ability and professional responsibility to shape it

I firmly advocate for existential awareness as an integral component of studio practice.  This awareness empowers the individual to contextualize the past and future through a fully immersive present.  Existentialism blurs a distinction of work and play and ideally places the world in service of your practice.  It is within this realm that inspiration operates.

Execution refers to the assertion of ideas relative to media and audience.  The orchestration of these relationships prompt iteration, define scope, and ultimately build toward an intellectual and material craft.  Execution is meant to encourage failures in order to perpetually frame and reframe inquiry.

A third initiative often overlooked within studio practice is simply the ability to reflect on what you have done or achieved.  This reflection develops an editorial relationship with both immediate and ongoing work and builds toward a professional trajectory.  The ambition is that mounting professional complexity is negotiated through an understanding of what one brings forth in practice and applies situationally.  A reflection in action, so to speak.

Assistant Professor

Lawrence Technological University

Visiting Architect

Cranbrook Academy of Art