In 1995 I traveled to Turkey to study the whirling of the Whirling Dervishes. While there, I wandered in and out of Istanbul's countless mosques and hammams, and every time I entered I found myself totally changed. Architecture changes people; it was totally clear.
I returned to the US to study architecture at Cornell University, but my interest in how we are affected by structures drove me also to visit with nomads in yurts in Turkey, with Bedouins in Jordan, and to learn to build traditional thatch roof homes among the indigenous Shuar of the Ecuadorian Amazon.
After working in large firms (such as Kohn Pederson Fox) and small firms (such as Donald MacDonald Architects) I opened a boutique practice focused on residential design and the principles of Long Architecture. At the same time, I began the experiments in experience design that became Odyssey Works, and co-wrote a book about the work called Odyssey Works: Transformative Experiences for an Audience of One (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016).
I have taught writing, design, and architecture since 2009, and currently teach at MICA in Baltimore. My work has won prizes and been extensively covered in the press. If you'd like to know more, watch my TEDxTalk. Or I'd recommend these pieces in Fast Company Design, Archinect, The New York Times, and this interview in the Scratching the Surface Podcast.