I studied both Architecture and Landscape Architecture and received my Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon. My work took me first to San Francisco and then New York where I became a licensed architect. The integration of both disciplines allowed me to create seamless environments moving from inside to outside. After immersing myself in classic garden design, I came away with the certainty that the elements of strong landscape design were the same as the strength of great architecture.
My first years practicing in architecture ranged from historic preservation, corporate design, commercial and residential remodels. When an opportunity developed, I moved to Boston to start up my own business that integrated architecture and interior design for residential and commercial projects.
In 2002 I moved to Beijing for 3 years where I was involved in the design and development of a new addition to the “Western Academy” International School and directed the renovation of two of my residences. I have travelled extensively in Europe but it was Asia that gave me a new approach to my views on design. The gardens of Japan reinforced my feelings that simplicity makes its own statement.