Firm Profile - Architecture and International Development

I established my architectural practice in 1998 after more than 20 years of wide-ranging experience as an architect in Minnesota, Virginia, Madagascar and Tanzania.

I strive for designs made sustainable by responding to local culture and climate, making use of locally available building techniques and materials. Regarding architecture as a service profession, I try to involve clients in all phases of their projects, resulting in designs that better embody the goals of the client, and are ultimately more responsive to the variety of project parameters. I strive for appropriate and beautiful design with the goal of creating memorable places, while satisfying client goals within the context of the project.

A significant portion of my U.S.-based work is on university projects both individually and in partnership with other firms. The remainder is in the design of custom residential and commercial projects.

Representative projects include the Swannanoa Hall Renovation for the English Department Offices and the Presser Music Building Renovation, both at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia and their new Wetherill Visual Arts Center for which I provided construction administration and F&E procurement services.

I extend the capabilities of my firm through associations with architecture firms in Minnesota, Virginia, North Carolina, Madagascar and Tanzania thus allowing me to undertake a wider range and scale of projects.

While living in Madagascar and Tanzania over a period of nine years, I designed education and health-related development projects for a variety of non-governmental organizations. My overseas work continues with such projects as the Guest Flats for the Dodoma Christian Medical Center in Dodoma, Tanzania, The Tsimbazaza Biodiversity Center in Antananarivo, Madagascar for the California Academy of Sciences and the first phase of the International Biodiversity Training Center in the rainforest near Ranomafana, Madagascar sponsored by the State University of New York at Stony Brook with support from the University of Helsinki andthe National Science Foundation.

My focus on international development and sustainability is reflected in my PhD dissertation entitled: "Assessing Sustainability in Developing Country Contexts: The Applicability of Green Building Rating Systems to Building Design and Construction in Madagascar and Tanzania".

Other international development activities have included consulting work for USAID-sponsored projects in Madagascar, for UNESCO in Iraq and for various NGO's working in Malawi, Kenya and Ghana.

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International Biodiversity Training Center - Ranomafana, Madagascar