I learned the value of both 3D visualization and involving the “people of the place” in design during my years at a major national architecture-engineering firm. It used to take our 3D viz people days or weeks to create things we can now do in hours or days using ESRI CityEngine. Having written and produced web and other media to support public outreach on major infrastructure projects, I immediately recognized the wisdom and innovation in Carl Steinitz’s Geodesign framework, a people process backed by 50-plus years of experience.
I have a broad skill set you will be hard pressed to find elsewhere.
People have called me a storyteller, and that’s a good place to start. I’ve been a street reporter on television, a web writer known professionally for my interest in the world’s tallest buildings and an interviewer of many of the prominent architects and engineers who design and build them. I’ve had opportunities to tell lots of different stories, speaking with many different voices, to a great variety of audiences.
I am also a technician with a Master’s degree in GIS. I have written and programmed dynamic and media rich web sites with web and content development tools. In my graduate project, I used Python to parse Missouri River data feeds and incorporate the information in a flood inundation model.
Put another way, I built my skill set by constantly watching, learning from and emulating the efforts of my co-workers. Geodesign is interdisciplinary by nature and necessity. So am I!
My personal branding is taken from a stained glass window in my grandparents’ home in west suburban Chicago, where my mother’s family lived from 1935 until 2016. The window is in a foyer, at the foot of a staircase that goes to the second floor.
On one trip back to Chicago, I saw the window and thought about all of the family history it had seen, all of the times I had walked past it without noticing and how it would eventually be passed on to new owners. I wished I had taken the time to appreciate it much earlier. So imagine my surprise when I found its fraternal twin stashed between two wall studs in the garage.
...and its Twin!
This Window is staying in the family.
- Read more about its history and restoration and see the video.
- Altamira Art Glass in Oak Park, Illinois