Provide an educational background including professional experience.
Bachelor of Architecture from LSU. (1996)
While attending LSU during my Third Year, I began working for a local architectural firm then moved to Dallas after receiving my degree. After working for Hellmuth Obata Kassabaum (HOK) for a year specializing in Mixed-Use/Entertainment projects I moved to Seattle, Wash. and have been there ever since. At Callison Architecture, I specialize in Mixed-Use projects all over the world.
We’ve recently opened offices in New York, Los Angeles & Shanghai with employees totaling more than 600. My work has taken me from China, to the Middle East and everywhere in between. I’ve enjoyed my professional experience as I have had the fortune to be exposed to diverse cultures and people while working on incredible projects.
Why did you choose LSU for your education?
Choosing LSU seemed natural. My father attended LSU, as well as my sister. Coming from a small farm in rural Louisiana, it was a big move. And where else would I go?
How did your LSU degree help to prepare you for your profession?
LSU has given me a balanced education that has prepared me to be a problem solver above all.
What current or past research and projects/exhibitions have you done?
I’ve just completed Phase I, as Lead Designer, for The Pearl in Doha, Qatar (www.pearlofthegulf.com). Phase I consists of 31, 20 storey residential towers, 500 townhouses & 1 million square feet of retail that is part of a larger man-made island that Callison designed and is currently under construction.
Currently I’m working on a 3 million square foot mixed-use project in Bahrain that consists of residential, hotel & retail in the middle of a desert. Other projects include World Trade Center, NY, World Financial Center, NY, Anaduls Mixed-Use Center, Kuwait, New Orleans Convention Center Hotel & Exhibition Center, New Orleans La., Overseas Chinese Town (OCT), Shenzhen PRC, Qindgao Shiloren Resort, Qingdao PRC, Shenzhen Time Mall, Shenzhen PRC, MainPlace Hotel, Costa Mesa Calif. —to name a few.