|Radda in Chianti|
Inspiration can strike anywhere: on a walk the other day a line of cypress trees cast a striking pattern of shadows on the road. Long, dark, linear shapes crossed my path and as I passed over each one I started making mental notes about the contrasting colors, number of shadows, and angle of lines. A vision came to mind; this could easily work itself into my next project. On this particular morning my inspiration began on a walk up a quiet, country, road surrounded by nature.
When I was an architecture student at USC and was given an assignment, I recall having only a few hours to develop a concept, in other words…inspiration HAD to strike. I would exhaustively research the topic and location assigned (i.e. history, community, environment, geology) and then I would start sketching. My project’s story would begin to unfold and over a short period of time a building and its details would take shape.