I grew up in Southern Vermont in a log-cabin sited between a dairy farm and a waterfall. This unique set of conditions inspired me to focus much of my life on how we go about living in and working within the Vermont landscape.
As one of four children raised by a sociologist and a philosopher my childhood was a combination of art, music, labor, family, being out-doors, projects, and travel. The importance of being true to yourself, and respectful of the surrounding Vermont Landscape was a basis for much of the way we grew up.
From 1988 to 1993, I attended Rhode Island School of Design and earned a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art, and a Bachelor Degree in Landscape Architecture. Following graduation I worked as a model maker for Martha Schwartz Inc., as an intern at Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum, and for Gordon Hayward Landscape Gardening and Design in Westminster, Vermont.
The word 'terrigenous' means beginning with the land and still seems suitable for the varied projects I'm asked to work on.
TERRIGENOUS Landscape Architecture has worked with over 200 clients on hundreds of projects, without interruption, over the last two decades. Most of the projects are still in place, and can be visited upon request. Each piece was designed to meet a client's unique needs and is specific to the site.
I have two teenage children Tuckerman and Angelae, or as they like to be called "Tuck" and "Ange". They are a source of pride, and a humbling reminder that all our efforts are a work in progress, requiring numerous drafts, revisions, and adjustments.
Architecture is the realization of that which is essential.
I intend for the work to be site and client specific, inspired, sustainable, and long lasting.
I aim to efficiently integrate the language of fine art within the landscapes that surround us, creating meaning where there is misunderstanding, and clarity where there is ambiguity.
Place and objects are constructed, but my interest lies as much in the phenomenal qualities of experience as with the process of making. I am less interested in the tree for instance, than I am in the light that makes its way through the leaves to the forest floor.