A day in the life of an Architect


One of the most common comments when I meet someone new and they ask me what I do for a living is “I wanted to be an architect when I was a kid.” I find it very interesting that so many people wanted to be architects and so many took another route for various reasons….

How green am I, better than some, but still work to do…


As an architect, I pride myself in being able to help people save money, live healthier, and conserve resources. I have used the terms, green design, sustainable design, and eco-friendly design to describe what I know how to do for my clients. The knowledge I have about these issues has been gained through years of…

Green Drinks


When I moved to Harrisonburg in 2009 I was worried that the green movement I was so involved in while in Charlottesville was not going to be vibrant here in the Valley. The only architectural firm that had LEED APs on staff was the one that only does large-scale projects, mostly in other cities. There…

How the First Earth Day Came about by Senator Gaylord Nelson


Another Earth Day: The History of the Movement In the 1970’s a movement started. Americans started noticing our impact on the surrounding environment, Earth Day 1970 was created. The idea started with Senator Gaylord Nelson after seeing the impacts of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. He wanted to infuse energy into public…

Architectural Interpretation


Often the most important tool in design is conversation. Here is a light-hearted look at how things could go wrong if your architect brings his goals into your project…

When I lose focus I look to Pooh Bear


As I look out from under the deadlines and phone messages, I find it hard to stay positive that my work is making a difference. Is anyone listening? Am I just adding to the background noise that blinds us from making this moment in time the point at which we come together as a nation…

What does ‘Green’ mean?


I am often invited to give presentations to share the lessons learned I have gained over the years. Here is a short video promoting an event that I did last year. If you are interested in having me join your non-profit or civic group for an event, let me know.

The most basic question for an Architect


How much? Yet again, I am working a booth at the SVBA Home Show. The typical characters are at the event, kicking tires, shaking hands, picking up free pens that they will add to their drawer of other free pens. I am the only designer at the show this year, a welcome change from past…

Possibly the best burger ever


I love my new office space, but it has one major problem. I am now up-wind from Jack Brown’s Burger Joint. This Harrisonburg restaurant has possibly the best burger I have ever had. This is a bold statement, I realize, as I make a pretty good burger myself and I have eaten many very good…

SVBA Home and Garden Show


The Home Show is up and running and looks to be another great event. If you have any home improvement projects on the horizon, this is the place to be this weekend in Harrisonburg. Join the fun, place a bid in the silent auction, and talk with experts. I will be at the show all…

Solar Decathlon


The 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is scheduled and has found a new location. The event scheduled for Sept 23 – Oct 2, 2011 will be held on the National Mall, West Potomac Park this year. I am looking forward to another event with great energy, great innovation, and the next generation of…

Rocktown Beer and Music Festival


Harrisonburg is finally getting a much requested Beer Festival downtown. April 23, 2011 at the Turner Pavilion from 2pm – 8pm, HDR will kick off an exciting new event, The Rocktown Beer and Music Festival, that features great fun, great music, and some incredible craft beers from around the country. Participating breweries include Blue Mountain…