My Dad asked me when I three years old what I wanted to do when I grew up, I replied “Build houses just like Mr. P.T.!”, my Dad's builder buddy down the street. When I was nine, my great aunt and uncle hired the James Means from Atlanta to build their retirement home, it was then that I learned to love two things: fine design, and dentil mouldings. By the time I went to Tulane School of Architecture, I realized what I really wanted to do is design homes, not just build them.
I’ve lived the majority of my career in New Orleans and focused on residential design in 1995 after graduating with a Masters in Architecture from Tulane. At Tulane I studied modernism at a time when modernism was being dismantled. I’ve renovated and restored houses and designed new homes and estates always with a strong focus on the interior and artisanal details. I’ve worked hand in hand both with clients and other designers. It was in architecture I learned artisanal details, it was in interiors that I realized the design intimacy and the fitting of the utilitarian around your client.
New Orleans Treme neighborhood is home for me; I adore the history, and the historic details that embellish our beautiful city. I equally love the direction modern architecture and interiors are taking the empty lots from weeds to the sublime.
Home is where we cook, eat, live, entertain and sleep, we spend more time in our homes than anywhere else. Home should be a comfortable place, customized for your life and your needs. Whether modern or traditional, home is about you, and is what those close to us see and identify with us. Your house should be unique and take clues from your personality, both inside and out. Any draftsman or plan book can provide you with a house, any contractor can build a house; but the only problem is that house is not about you, it’s not a home. I take an integrated approach that makes the architecture and interior look like there was one hand in the project that creates drama and flow throughout the house. I immediately lay out furniture in the preliminary design which helps ensure doors and other architectural items have optimum placement.