Sketchbook 2018-02-18T12:58:19+00:00

Since beginning life as a professional architect, I’ve kept a sketch journal. It has caught the flood of ideas, questions, and creative diversions that built up over long hours drawing staircase details.

Some ideas grow into coherent threads; these fragments and theories will resurface in my own practice. I’ve decided to share them here.

Man vs. Nature

“Biomimicry” is the science of designing after nature; imitating its patterns and systems. Isn’t this a strange concept? By mimicking nature, we betray our deep-rooted sense of apartness. Though technically animals, we seem to exist unbound by typical feedback loops, having to regulate our behavior and minimize our impact. Mankind considers itself a destructive and unwelcome presence in the natural ecology. When was this balance upset? How have different cultures related to nature through their history? Our buildings can provide insight.

I believe that certain forms are intrinsic to nature: round forms and triangles, which provide optimal volume and strength.  Nature seeks the most efficient solution. Primitive man used the same forms for shelter; round enclosures for building footprint, livestock, and defense enclosed the maximum area per amount of availablebuilding material. Triangular lean-tos and huts are naturally stable and lightweight. This iron-age dwelling from Ireland combines these forms. The earliest known “civilization” has been unearthed in Mesopotamia, and with it a new formal order. The square is the imprint of mankind. As separate cultures began urbanizing,