As a young artistic student, I was convinced that a career in the arts would only ensure me the same lifestyle as any other struggling artist. Instead, I looked to train in a profession that seemed to incorporate my adoration for drawing and creating, but would also afford a regular salary and a somewhat normal way of life. Architecture seemed to satisfy my wants, so with no real knowledge of what an architect does, I started taking architecture classes at Anne Arundel Community College, hoping that I had made the proper choice. Within my first semester I had met some inspiring professors and was driven from then on to do whatever it took to become an architect.
After getting my associate's degree from Anne Arundel Community College, I went on to achieve my bachelor's degree from The Catholic University of America. I had a wonderful time studying architecture in the nation’s capital, complete with the best resources in the country. I went on to work at firms of all sizes (ranging from a sole proprietorship with one architect, to a firm of 110 professionals) to gain professional experience. In 2001 I was asked to teach a night class at Anne Arundel Community College. I instantly enjoyed teaching and am now a full time professor at the community college that inspired me to start off on my journey years ago. I also run a small firm in Catonsville, Maryland.
To say that architecture has provided a somewhat normal life would be a huge understatement; however, studying architecture and design has definitely forced me to view life and my surroundings in a way that makes me appreciate things more fully!
A.A., Architecture and Interior Design, Anne Arundel Community College
Certificate in Architectural CAD, Anne Arundel Community College
B.S. Arch, Catholic University of America
- Professional Experience:
Worked in a variety of firms designing residential projects, laboratories, office buildings, and assisted living communities. I was also fortunate to be selected for a special HABS/HAER (Historic American Building Survey/ Historic American Engineering Record) task force that documented historically significant buildings. I currently run a small firm specializing in additions to older homes and renovations.
- Courses Taught:
Architectural Design 2 and 3
Materials and Methods 2
Computer Applications for DesignAutoCAD for Design
- Favorite Architects:
Tadao Ando, Le Corbusier, Richard Meier, Antoine Predock
- Favorite Designs Visited:
Falling Water, Getty Center, Louver, Chapel of Notre-Dame-du-Haut, St. Marks (Venice), Villa Savoye
“The dive is not like the swim!”