It is the simple things in life that are the most fulfilling to me — exploring a new country, watching the sunset from a mountain top, building forts in the woods with my kids, eating good food with good friends. My goal in life is to create buildings that enable a post-carbon life-style, interweaving with nature to provide the basis for a meaningful life for their inhabitants. Towards this end, I developed a new type of small scale infrastructure for my master’s thesis in architecture that integrates energy, water, waste and food production to optimize the synergies between them. This work was awarded the top prize in the Cascadia Green Building Council's Closing the Loop Design Competition in 2006.
I got my start in architecture working for Mario Bellini in Milan on the Louvre Department of Islamic Arts Competition in which we emerged victorious. I subsequently spent five years at Busby Perkins+Will in Vancouver, working on cutting edge projects such as Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 and the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability at UBC.
Realizing that many important decisions are made upstream of architects, I moved into residential development, spending seven years at Polygon Homes as Vice President Development, overseeing the delivery of more than 2000 multifamily homes. While at Polygon I led a team that created a new type of open plan townhome that won the Urban Development Institute Award of Excellence in 2014 and has since become a staple of the industry. I am a LEED Accredited Professional and Passivhaus trained.