My foundational training in architecture taught me that less is more - and that designers are well equipped when they understand the nuts and bolts of how designed objects are built.
Without this perspective, collaboration with those who build them can be inefficient or even ineffective at times. While I do believe that every context requires a tailored approach, I’ve consistently found that the simplest, cleanest answer is often the best one.
Overlooking the town of Salem, Virginia and the Appalachian Mountains to the northwest, this 2,500-crypt mausoleum is conceived as a landscape intervention complimenting a century old, 110-acre memorial park.
The site is defined by three primary spaces: the Allee - a linear formal garden initiating the entry sequence and establishing the eastern boundary; the Grove - an upper burial garden dedicated to ground interment; and the Cloister - a sunken garden framed by an extended crypt wall and five mausolea structures that define individual passageways up to the Grove.
At the corner of Spring and Varick Streets, in the emerging Hudson Square neighborhood of Manhattan, the 386,000 sqft tower rises 42 stories above its midrise context. The height and increased FAR were achieved through the manipulation of the zoning law - by providing an urban plaza on site, and the purchase and reconfiguration of allowable but unbuilt space on adjacent lots.
The hybrid program, a condo-hotel, allows owners to purchase a condominium that operates as a hotel room in their absence. The building amenities include a restaurant, bar, lounge, library, and banquet facilities. The spa and gym open onto a 5th floor roof deck with a lap pool and garden. As a 24-hour building type, hotels have the unique ability to activate the streetscape as well as pierce the skyline.
Anchoring the northwest corner of the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, this 90,000 SF office building consolidated the United Network for Organ Sharing’s existing facilities into a single corporate headquarters.
Influenced by the parcel’s challenging proportions, the site planning strategy achieved two objectives; one, it integrated a secured parking facility for UNOS, and two, it oriented the building in such a way as to create a buffer between the expressway interchange and the National Organ Donor Memorial.
UNOS was the first building in the Mid-Atlantic to incorporate Trespa cladding – an environmentally responsible rainscreen made from recycled wood.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and with financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation, OEM sponsored an open design competition to generate temporary housing solutions for the thousands of New Yorkers who might be displaced in the event of a catastrophe. Entrants from over 30 countries answered the call from Commissioner Bruno for innovative proposals that outperform traditional post-disaster housing solutions, such as mobile homes, that fail to address the unique needs of urban environments.
In January of 2008, ten winners were chosen by a jury of experts and awarded $10,000 to develop their designs as the foundation of a menu of options to be included in OEM’s Disaster Housing Recovery Plan.
On a 23 acre site along the East River, this proposed development includes more than 5 million square feet of market rate residential, affordable housing, retail, parking, and private gardens - plus a network of promenades, parks, and public amenities.
The refineries, shipyards, and factories have left the Greenpoint / Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn, and as the economic conditions changed, the waterfront was rezoned by the Department of city planning. This phased development bridges the post-industrial landscape, reconnecting the Greenpoint community with the previously inaccessible waterfront. The existing ground is predominantly fill and thus lies outside the reach of the existing urban network. The development must provide its own subgrade infrastructure, and it must build the waterfront promenade that will be maintained by the city. In return, the city is expanding ferry and water taxi routes to the site.
University of Virginia
This live/work structure for a boat builder and a pianist is located on a narrow site in the old city of Philadelphia. The program contains a wood shop, entry court, recording studio, and residence.
The narrow site is revealed through an entry stair that pierces to the open rear of the site, where the entry court separates the recording studio from the residence. a series of wall section and custom curtain wall studies explores filtering light and color in the stair that has no view but a beautifully aged brick party wall of the adjacent building. The wood shop is depressed from the street at the lower level, and is serviced by a freight elevator from the alley, which also allows the two to work in tandem if they please.