I’ve always been somewhat flustered by the “about me” sections in most websites. Not because I don’t have anything to say, but more because I’m never sure exactly where I’ll start.
Should I talk about my work? Or would that be too boring for someone who just happens to stumble upon my post?
Or maybe I should talk about how I love my labrador (I do!) — dogs are always excellent conversation starters, as well.
So, in the absence of a structured format to abide by, I’m just going to “wing it” and talk a little bit about why I got into independent consulting.
I was trained as an architect, and then did my masters in urban design. A common progression back when I was in college. My feelings toward architecture were…ambivalent. I enjoyed the planning aspects of it, but I never really learned how to have an eye for flamboyant aesthetics.
Planning, on the other hand…Oh, I loved my urban design and planning semesters. I was indifferent to my chosen field until I got into urban design…and now, I’m hopelessly in love.
My area of expertise is urban redevelopment. I’m a free agent at the moment, working on a contractual basis with companies, but I’ve spent a reasonable amount of time working as a site manager as well.
In the coming months, I hope to travel a little, once the restrictions are lifted. I firmly believe that global urban planning is something we must be more aware of, given how the markets are evolving. And although I was born and raised in Iowa, it’s not a stretch to say that the urban design challenges of tomorrow may be in China, India and South-East Asia.
In the meantime, I’m working on a book that examines urban planning and its interaction with “virtual spaces”, and the negotiations that must take place for the two to coexist in harmony.