I am a registered architect with a masters degree in City and Regional Planning. I have held a variety of professional positions in both the private and public sectors, with jobs ranging from managing an environmental sciences firm to art director with advertising agencies in Japan. In addition to my work in architectural design, I am a professional photographer, videographer, film editor, and graphic designer.
I’ve worked with computers for almost 30 years. At my first job, I remember using punch cards to input data to mainframe computers, which would spit out punched tape as output. You would then wait a week to get a print-out on pin-fed reams of computer paper . The first computer I actually worked on did a good job creating spreadsheets – and not much else. I had one of the first graphics computers in NYC, gained experience on large-scale computer networks, mini-computers, and desktop towers. I had an early notebook computer (black and white screen) and currently have one of the most powerful laptops.
Over the years, I’ve managed to gain a working knowledge of many types of software programs, from spreadsheets and data bases, to illustration and video editors. I have had hands-on experience on lots of computers and peripheral hardware as well.
My writing and photographs have been published and exhibited in both the USA as well as Japan (where I lived for 12 years). I wrote the waterfront construction chapter of the primary textbook on infrastructure, edited the Urban Design Review newsletter, and have contributed to a number of magazines on travel and design.
I was a professor of architecture and urban design in the graduate programs at Pratt Institute for 17 years. I created courses in computer aided design, communication graphics, and photography. I also taught the regulation of real estate at New York University’s graduate Real Estate Institute for a six year period, with an emphasis on environmental regulations. In Japan, I taught several design classes at Temple University’s Tokyo campus.
I read… a lot. My primary interests are in the sciences, technology, architecture and design. I also keep a close eye on future trends and their potential impact on society.
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