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I’d long been impressed by DELV’s work, but it was when I met everyone on the team that I realized how aligned our values are.
+ You’re an avid motorcyclist—what is it that draws you to motorcycling?
From a design perspective, motorcycling has two sides. One side is purely functional—the bike doesn’t run unless the carburetor is put together properly. Since I wade through numerous design options during the day, the singular path to motorcycle repair is a nice mental break. On the opposite side, I can flex my design skills and aesthetic sensibilities when modifying or building a custom bike. Outside of design, motorcycling has meditative qualities that are addictive. Since you’re so vulnerable on a bike, you have to focus on what you’re doing—on not dying. That focus pushes back everything else you might be thinking of; those things fade away. That’s what creates the addiction.
+What was it about DELV that made you interested in joining the team?
I’d long been impressed by DELV’s work, but when I met everyone on the team, I realized how aligned our values are. DELV’s emphasis on the design process resonated with me, and they truly understand their clients’ needs before starting to design a building or space. A successful project starts with defining the problem that needs to be solved, then using design to solve that problem. I was also interested in joining the team because of the studio model and culture. I saw an environment that fosters continuous learning and improvement, especially when it comes to design abilities. I’d hear them say they “lean into things,” and they definitely lean into smart growth.
It’s not a “hang on the wall value” but it’s always been an unspoken criteria that anyone on our studio team would need to have a low-ego threshold. After all, design isn’t about the designer.