A community gathering place, a cabin in the woods, this off-grid un-serviced studio is meant to support activities rooted in the surrounding landscape, a kind of bridge to wilderness from the shelter of our lives.
On-going work with an established non-profit full-service Montessori school. Focus on developing design direction within the context of regulatory, program and budget limitations.
Ongoing full rebuild to a one-and-a-half story house in downtown Hamilton. Large back yard, very close to the sidewalk, and a small footprint called for some clear and deliberate design choices.
Tisarana Buddhist Monastery, Ontario. Ongoing. Early conceptual and design development stages for a new meditation hall.
Visits to Amaravati and Chithurst Buddhist Monasteries, UK. Documenting architectural strategies and their relationship to patterns of activity, both daily and during large events.
Design for renovations to the existing kitchen at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery, Ontario. Focused on allowing intensive use in a small space.
Private house in Hamilton, Ontario. Extensive rehabilitation of traditional elements in an existing brick house with a complete rebuild of rear addition.
Tisarana Buddhist Monastery, Ontario. Long-term planning, including renovation and new building design explorations.
Private residence in Hamilton, Ontario. Redesigned kitchen and breezeway with renovations to numerous interior and exterior elements.
Design for a new blacksmith shop that incorporated a partially built white oak timber frame. Drystone walls, slate roof and spruce detailing.
Simple insert in a small apartment to create smaller but more articulate rooms.
Focus on operational continuity while integrating the maintenance and upgrades of the Willowbank campus buildings into the Willowbank curriculum.
Design and implementation of Willowbank's experimental full-time, three year educational program working to integrate theory and practice in the building arts.
Illustrations for Gaspereau Press and book design, typography, and editing at Commonbooks and Li-Zenn in Bangkok, Thailand.
Various custom designs made of simple woods like pine and ash. This one is a 3 x 6 foot pine table.
A study and exhibition of the architecture of rice cultivation; the rice barns and field huts of Bo Phak in northern Thailand. Assisted by the Bruce and Dorothy Rosetti Scholarship.
Architecture and Typography
Thesis involving the design of a book and a building, arguing that the creative practices of typography and architecture both structure given narratives, to highlight the architect's struggle with invisible design.
Work related to urban condos, forest monasteries and suburban gardens during internships, first with Architects 49 International and then with Suriya Umpansiriratana and Kyai Nuichan.
Sailing and Boatbuilding
Life on ships and in shipyards in New England and the Pacific Ocean, with S.E.A., Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Gannon and Benjamin Marine Railway, and the Sailing Cargo Vessel Kwai.
Exploration and documentation of commonplace, ruined and forgotten smaller shrines, temples, gates and theatres in rural Taigu, while living and teaching there with an Oberlin Shansi Fellowship.
Travel in the arctic searching for insight into the cultural relationship between people and landscape, through the lens of art, thanks to a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship.