What is your role at Design Collaborative?
Partner and leader of our higher education and multi-family housing studio.
How many years of experience do you have in the industry?
What registrations and certifications do you hold?
I am a Registered Architect in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Kentucky, North Carolina, Colorado, Texas, South Carolina, and Missouri.
Where did you obtain your degree?
I have a BArch from the University of Detroit, 1987.
Do you focus on a specific market?
I’ve spent the majority of my career serving clients in the higher education market.
Describe a project that you’re currently working on.
This is not a Higher Ed project, but one that is important to me. Our Lady of Good Hope, a Catholic church in Fort Wayne, is undergoing a renovation. The building’s architectural style is relatively dated. Our goal is to make the building more welcoming and attractive to parishioners and the neighboring community. The renovation is planned to impact the exterior and interior. I have a personal interest in this project because I am a good friend of the pastor, Father Mark Gurtner.
What is one of your favorite projects that you've worked on?
I would probably say the Indiana Wesleyan University Prayer Chapel, mainly because of the relationships I built with the donors who were heavily involved with the design of the building. They were both long time professors of the university, and wanted to leave some form of legacy of their tenure. Something else unique to that project is the building’s architectural style. It was new construction, but was designed to look as if it was built in the 1600s. Its gothic style is drastically different from the buildings surrounding it on campus.
What is your favorite thing about working at Design Collaborative?
The spirit and the passion of the people that work here. Everyone strives to be better every day and they’re very passionate about creating people-first projects for clients.
How long have you lived in Fort Wayne?
27 years. I moved here to pursue this industry.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I enjoy projects around the house, particularly furniture building, golfing, and spending time with friends and family.
Why do you think people choose Design Collaborative to design their projects?
Because of our unique approach to designing building for our clients, listening to their needs, and making sure we solve the problems they’ve identified in a creative and meaningful way.
What is something people don't know about you?
In addition to my three children, I now have my first grandchild. Elsie is six months old, and we’re learning new things every day. You always hear the stories of things being different once you become a grandparent; how true that is! It’s rewarding to be in a different point in your life and be able to enjoy the innocence of a new baby.
What is your advice for current and future clients?
Designing a building and getting it built on-time and on-budget is complicated—but it shouldn’t feel that way to you. It’s important that your architect is not only a great designer, but can lead a great process for you and your team. Our job is to make the complex more understandable, and to get the right input from you and your end-users at the right time, in a truly collaborative process. We want to make sure that the process of design and construction is as memorable and positive as the building it creates. You should expect no less!