MEET THE DESIGNER
WITH HIS WIFE AND BUSINESS PARTNER, AN ARCHITECT TACKLES RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL DESIGN
What's your design philosophy? Each project is designed for its unique set of circumstances with an eye to doing something a little bit special. How do you determine what's special? I like an element of surprise. Currently, we're doing a project where we placed a small monkey lantern on the newel post on the main stair. It's the little things you don't often see that people will talk about. Special touches set the personality of the client. I also like to use spaces to create the element of surprise—coves, build-outs and different moldings. Your wife and business partner, Carolyn, is a graphic designer. How does this collaboration benefit your clients? She advises on creative concepts and color palettes, and works on logo development for our work with restaurants, entertainment venues and retail shops. Carolyn has a great eye for color and proportion, and this shows in her graphics. She also manages business operations and facilities. She is the glue that holds our office together. You're a former member of the Greenwich Historic District Commission. Do you keep historical sensitivity in mind with all projects? Our work is historicist and historically sensitive. Our clients are drawn to our work because of our interest in relating to or preserving the past in our architecture when it is appropriate to do so. Where do you live in Connecticut? Riverside. Our home is a Craftsman/shingle style with a plan configuration that has a bit of a funny angle to it due to the property line.