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Jesse was born and raised in Richmond, Indiana, but has also lived in Ohio and California. He studied urban planning at University of Cincinnati as well as landscape architecture at Ohio State University (MLA). He is our Design counselor for the 2018 Summer Studio.
Q: What drew you towards the Tired-a-Lot Summer Studio?
A: I was drawn to the studio due to its mission and process. I’m passionate about exposing students to creative problem solving and love working with my hands to bring good ideas to fruition.
Q: What's a fun fact about you?
A: I love riding on my bicycle! My friends and I once rode the 75 miles around Lake Tahoe in a single day.
Q: What made you want to be an architect?
A: I’ve always had interest in both the environment and built environment and knew I wanted to have a career making things. Landscape architecture was a great fit, as I am comfortable utilizing both sides of my brain.
Q: What are your greatest design/architectural accomplishments so far? What is your favorite project you’ve completed to date?
A: My first professional project was an urban plaza design in San Francisco. I was fortunate to have been a part of the team from concept to construction. Seeing the project emerge out of the ground and subsequently used by the public was very gratifying.
Q: What design/architectural goals do you still hope to achieve?
A: I want to continue to learn and grow as a designer with the hopes of having my own collaborative practice someday.