I’m an architectural journalist based in Chicago. A bit more specifically, I’m interested in adaptive reuse, the interaction of architecture with the arts and pop-culture, landscape architecture, design, and above all, cities and urbanism. I was previously the managing editor of the AIA’s AIA Architect in Washington, D.C., and my work has appeared in Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, Metropolis, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Curbed, Dezeen, The Atlantic’s CityLab, and OZY. With Newcity Chicago’s Design Editor Ben Schulman, I founded the design and architecture podcast A Lot You Got to Holler in December of 2015, and I’m currently the web editor for Landscape Architecture Magazine. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram, where I take pictures of buildings (no people, please). I have a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and live in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago.
I write about architecture because, unlike nearly every other design discipline, it always, invariably, reflects the culture of the society that creates it. If you’re a painter (maybe she’s a graffiti artist), you can create your own totally idiosyncratic vision. But architecture requires massive amounts of capital, time, and collaboration to happen. It can’t be created in total opposition to society. So, it gathers up just about everything floating thorough the culture that’s great or terrible and makes it into a designed object that can’t be ignored like a sculpture in a museum you never go to. This is: history, class, demographics, inequality, politics, media, religion, technology, etc. It’s all there, always, all the time. And so am I.