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
"Should there be one thing we must guard against, let it be partiality
that robs us of our pristine wholeness and make us lose unity in the
midst of duality. "
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