Architecture is a living record of history to be celebrated and preserved.
Architecture is our collective connection to the people of our past: our ancestors and neighbors. Clues are found throughout these structures and the grounds surrounding them. They tell of our evolution, the struggles we have endured, and the triumphs that carried us forward. This footprint, preserved through time, tells of our many cultures: our beliefs, customs and celebrations, along with the way people have led their daily lives. There are many lessons to be learned when examining details, layout, proportion and materials.
Through travel and research, I gather information about our world through architecture and the variety of cultures that make up the world around us. Inspiration surrounds us. As we continue to advance through technology, it is important to maintain balance between wisdom gained from the past and our drive toward the future. Creativity comes through the conduit of this balance. Our global society increases the importance of, not only tolerance, but increased knowledge about our neighbors, and ultimately a celebration of our uniqueness.
The Old World West
Europe combines centuries of history with contemporary design and technology. The continent is filled with individual countries, unique in their landscape, which have been influenced by the history that has shaped them. Humans have continued to evolve in the land since the early times of the Celts, Greeces, Vikings and Romans. Christianity has had a huge influence over its art, architecture, traditions and culture. Relics of traditional architecture and design display materials, construction techniques and styles resulting from the climate and resources available.
The Birthplace of Civilization
The Middle East—the western portion of Asia, connecting it to Africa and Europe—includes the area surrounding early Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, and includes the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt and Turkey.
Early farming practices that developed there due to the drastic climate and fertile soil lead to the first civilizations: the Sumerians and Ancient Egyptians. The region has long been a passage for trade routes between the continents.
The Abrahamic monotheistic religions of Judaism, then Christianity, and later Islam, all have their roots here. The spread of Islam is reflective in the culture: Muslim architecture, calls to prayer heard throughout the day, styles of design and dress, food and spices.
The New World
When the Europeans first discovered this unexplored territory, groups of indigenous people had been living among the land for millennia. The explorers that followed undervalued their simple lifestyles and wisdom of living in harmony with the land and its creatures. Over the past 500 years, as the land has been developed, the culture has evolved with the people who have emigrated here. Today we look for sustainable practices to eliminate waste and reduce our environmental impact in order to promote life on the planet.
- Hearst Castle
- California Spanish Mission
- U.S. Neoclassical Architecture
- The Allure of the Hills
- Finding Ambiance in El Dorado Hills
- Apple Hill in the Sierra Nevada
- Multnomah Falls of the Columbia Gorge
- Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden
- The Contrast of Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon West
- Contemporary Mediterranean-Style Design