My Philosophy (a part of it)
Life-centric design should be observant, appropriate, resilient, abundant, tenacious, and delightful. Nothing in nature is only one thing; every organism participates in the creation of the world around it and plays many roles in various interactions. Our designs and their components inevitably interact in a similar sense and this should be accounted for in our thinking.
A generalist specialist.
Drawing from a richly diverse personal, professional, and educational background, I provide a variety of services to support design and communication through multiple media.
I come from a long line of teachers and Lutheran pastors, and thus was born and raised in a family that places high value in community service. I ventured out with a very general, technical education in Civil and Environmental Engineering at a university that emphasizes liberal arts. Since then I have continuously focused on environment and ecology, sustainability, project management, and now permaculture, as well as cultural and political studies. While fully capable of delving into details, I am drawn to broad subjects from which holistic and systematic understanding can be gained.
All living things are translators, and most of what I do is related to this. Translating vision into mission, mission into execution plan, observations into models, and models into designs . . .there are countless permutations.
I also translate Chinese into English!
Here are a few current and ongoing projects that I care about.
Permaculture Project (China)
Bringing Permaculture to China, and China to Permaculture
A Rural Renaissance in the making
Nearly a decade ago, this village (remnants shown above) was removed to make way for the high-speed rail from Changsha to Huaihua. I have volunteered to facilitate the design process of a new eco-village at the mid-slope of the mountain called 'Goose'.
Education & Experiennce
Project Management Professional
2010 - 2011
Focus on China environmental history and current policy as well as China's water resources.
Valparaiso University, College of Engineering
2005 - 2009
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Complementary Major: in Chinese and Japanese Studies
Recipient of Presidential Academic Honors
- Maintaining high GPA while also representing the University as a pole-vaulter in the Horizon League
- Broke a decades old school pole-vault record
Office, Home, Furniture, Recording Studios
3D Modeling in SketchUp
Architecture, Engineering, Product, Film & Stage Planning, Landscape
Conceptual, Schematic & Spacial Design, Site Surveying and Analysis, Research
Photography, Video, Building and Terrain Modeling
Technical, Science & Engineering, Business, Environmental, Agriculture, Chemistry