Where did you go to college?
University of Maryland, College Park

Would you recommend studying architecture to a young person?
Yes- but not in the way it was studied 40 years ago. There is not enough risk in the process to provide the architect with a measure of control. Architects of the future will need to be trained classically and additionally, to be developers, brokers and even builders. That additional risk taken will bring architects into the inner decision-making circle.

The Colleges and Universities began to fill with baby-boomers in the sixties, which has resulted in architect oversupply for the past 50 years. Hopefully, the next generation will begin to reverse this difficult situation.

What does it take to be an architect?
First, one must find the discipline not only fascinating but with the attitude that there is just nothing else in the world that they would rather spend their time doing. I highly recommend aptitude testing before launching into the education required of an architect. An engineer is not necessarily expected to create something artistic or unique but is expected to perform on budget and on time. The artist, however, is expected to create something clever, beautiful and even unique, but is not expected to perform on budget or on time. The architect is expected to do both. It is a nearly impossible profession, which from time to time, provides moments of great satisfaction.

Finally, this is a profession of genuinely delayed gratification. One project in which I continue to be involved, began in January 2000. Learn to take the long view.

Was there an architect that particularly inspired you?
Charles Moore, who was a Kea Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland, School of Architecture. I admired his sense of humor and wit and even more, his humility. Also, John Johansen who created Mummers Theater in Oklahoma City. What a fantastic assembly of Lego blocks and tubes. As beautiful as any Ferrari or dragster engine that ever existed.

What are you currently reading?
High Performing Buildings (ASHRAE), Development (NAIOP), Rodder’s Journal, Hot Rod Deluxe, the Bible.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Lobster Bisque and Salmon Salad at Jackson’s Reston Town Center

Why do you volunteer with the AIA?
There are several reasons.

As an architect with more than 40 years of experience, I can use what I have learned throughout my education and career to promote high-quality, high performing, and culturally respectful design in Northern Virginia.

I gain great satisfaction in mentoring students, interns and young professionals at turning points in their own careers.

I enjoy working with like-minded professionals who volunteer their time and talent to promote the future of the profession.

Lastly, I fully embrace the AIA’s “Citizen Architect” initiative to encourage every architect to do their part—to work with community decision makers as a way of bringing about public awareness which leads to an appreciation of design excellence in our built environment.