I am not a professionaly trained architect, but since my late grade school years, architecture has been an important part of my life. As a fifth grader I was designing houses, buying house plan magazines and crawling around in all the new houses that were being built in our neighborhood. It was the first career that I remember aspiring to, art, design and music were to follow, although not in that order. Art and design won out after being told
by high school instructors that architecture would be unatainable because I could not apply myself in math.
Of course that was during the "dark ages" and those instructors were short sighted, narrow minded and certainly not very interested in my success at something that I loved. Afterall, I learned many years later that there are architectural designers.
I have been a visual artist as long as I can remember and design was always an important component of that. Design has always been the broad umbrella under which I have developed my career. Graphic design, interior design and architectural design. I had an "architectural" epithany while
I was living in Charleston, South Carolina. I went to visit a friend one day who lived with her husband and children in the renovated carriage house of her grandmother's home
in the historic district. I approached the door, a simple entry in a two story concrete wall. I rang the bell and when she opened the door I was struck with a contemporary hall whose left wall was made up of heavy iron framed french doors. The work of architect W.G. Clark. It was a fueling experience and I left her home that day determined to get back to architecture.
Interior design was my way to grow into architecture and of course a natural way to do it. I called my friend Penny Goldwasser in Atlanta and asked her if she could use an extra designer in her studio. Soon I was on my way back to Atlanta and the rest is, as they say, history.
These are a few architectural projects I have done on my own or in collaboration for various clients. Although I consider myself a luditte, sometimes a broad minded one,
I have even adopted the use of cad system in my work. Truly an "old dog, new trick" thing, I still love traditional drafting the best.
I will be updating these pages in the near future with other projects.
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