A crowd whose discontent has risen no higher than the level of its slogans is only a crowd. But a crowd that understands the reasons for its discontent and knows the remedies is a vital community, and it will have to be reckoned with.

 

     -Wendell Berry

I began studying architecture at Rice University with a fascination about the world around me. Early professional experiences such as my time in Genoa at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop planted the seeds of a new way of seeing. I began to realize that just making a world is not enough. We must focus on people and how they live. Eventually this journey took me to Beijing to work and teach. It was here that Openshop was founded.

 

For the last 14 years, Openshop has been based in New York City, and along with academic work at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Strategic Design, has served as a laboratory for expanding and developing ideas about how to help companies and individuals optimize the world around them. More recently I also became a founding member of The Collective, an international consulting concern.

 

Deep Play is the ethos that guides this work. It is a way of understanding how the work I do is part of a total life experience that is important and fun. It relies on collaboration and craft to deliver this value to others.