I am dedicated to operating creatively within critical, and experiential design frameworks. I produce work that constructively questions creative perceptions to ﬁnd stronger connections that resonate at personal, emotional and intellectual frequencies. As an instructor, my most important contribution to students’ growth, is to mentor them through a critical design process that emphasizes discovery, reﬂection, observation, transformation, and ultimately, realized, concrete form. My goal as a practicing designer is to consistently initiate projects creatively, though an iterative, reﬂective process and work through challenges through exploration, ﬂexibility and empathy.
My years of engaging with students and teaching design philosophy and creative methods, has consistently helped sharpen my abilities as a maker and designer. My primary objective with students, just as it is my own, is to sharpen their intentions and guide them through a strong developmental design process. Exposure to this process in studio has resulted in strong, well developed, and deeply realized student projects. I have guided my students to progress beyond typical snap decision making and purely intuitive processes, moving them into the practice of critical self-judgment, iteration, and abstract learning.
Design is a result of rigorously examining conceptual ideas. Experiential learning is crucial as a foundational model to critical and abstract thinking. Through discoveries between thinking and making, we connect personally to ideas, motives, and forge relationships between the abstract and the explicit. Through this process lies the transformative development and relational concepts that allow ideas to germinate and grow into fully realized forms.
When we construct an object, we engage that object, make critical decisions about it, and forge a relationship with it. As a result, we create something meaningful, distinct, and acutely related to an inner experience resulting in a visual dialogue between ideas and experiences, resulting in a representation of personal perception. Design is simply a proposition; workmanship is the fully realized expression of that proposition.
The counterpart to successful visual representation is the skill to communicate ideas and critical processes effectively. The ability to critically examine intent results in a lens that offers a glimpse into deeper motives. By identifying key concepts and speaking from both analytical and conceptual points during the design process, creators become more conﬁdent, articulate communicators, and more aware of their own critical thought process.