When you were young, did you know you wanted to be an architect?
From about the age of 15. In Ann Arbor, Michigan, when I was in high school, I started taking technical drawing classes. They give you a bolt and had you draw it from the top and then from the side. I was totally into that.
Inspirational buildings you saw when you were young?
I remember as a child having fun going to the Pompidou Center in Paris. I also remember going to see the pyramids in Egypt. That was inspirational to me more than anything.
How do you define great architecture?
Great architecture has to appeal to all different types of people. It’s about creating an interesting experience for people moving in or around the space. But the interest is not created just for wow factor. You also want to give people positive emotions and make them feel comfortable.
What do you do outside of work?
I have a three-year-old, so I go to a lot of playgrounds. I could design a really good playground.