As time passes, I am reminded how lucky I am to have found a career that I am passionate about and make a living doing something I love. When I was young I loved doing masonry and some carpentry work. I also loved history, which drew me to Blackburn College. There was a strong history program and a student construction crew was building a gymnasium addition. There was such great community spirit as we all worked toward a common goal. At the end of each day we could look back and see the tangible results of our work—what a sense of accomplishment!
Blackburn puts a great deal of trust in students; this creates an environment where students can learn by making mistakes. This taught me that taking calculated risks could pay off in ways I could never imagine. Today I have had my own company, with a for 25 year track record of designing and building architectural conservation programs for historic buildings and monuments. Every day, we get to mix history, craft and construction.
Blackburn laid a foundation for my career, taught me how to work, dream and understand the right balance between work and the rest of my life. I have been fortunate to work on projects ranging from the United States Capitol to ancient temple complexes at Angkor in Cambodia to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum in New York City. I use what I learned at Blackburn every day.