"Find what you love, and let it kill you." - Charles Bukowski
I remember very clearly, the moment I realized I wanted to be a designer; summer after seventh grade, watching a show called Beyond 2000. The feeling was definite. The show profiled next generation products and technologies that would be or shape the future. That’s what I wanted to do, I wanted to design.
I studied architecture as an undergraduate and earned a bachelor of architecture in 1995. Architecture taught me the importance of ideas, the beauty of structure and the necessity of critical thought. I worked in architecture for a few years, but felt limited by program and scale. I wanted to design small tangible objects versus space. Shifting my focus to industrial design, I studied a year at the Masters of Industrial Design program at Rhode Island School of Design then finished my graduate studies at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Cranbrook was an amazing experience.
Shortly after my graduate studies, I was selected by Surface magazine to be part of a group of avante garde American industrial designers to exhibit in Milan and New York. It was quite an honor and an amazing experience. Afterwards I participated in several national and international design competitions. They were a great vehicle to present conceptual ideas as products and gave me the freedom to explore. Most notable was winning Core77’s Need competition with my “Blood Pen”.
My design career became entwined with education when I accepted a position to teach industrial design and architecture at the University of Houston. I was one of two people hired to create an industrial design program in Houston, the first industrial design program in Texas. Though I no longer teach at the University of Houston, I am still connected to education as an adjunct professor at Houston Community College.
My understanding and development as a designer keeps growing. Currently, I am enthralled with 3d printing, curious about the internet of things, enamored by robots, and inspired by entrepreneurship. Although the technologies around design change, my fascination with design has remained. I am endlessly curious about the role of design and the interaction of people and objects. I am drawn to the new, as a development of the old, creating objects that did not exist before to satisfy timeless human needs.