I am an architectural designer, sometimes an artist, and oftentimes an educator. I specialize in revitalizing the interiors of old buildings by transforming them into uplifting spaces with fully integrated environmental design. I have completed both residential and small-scale commercial projects commissioned by private clients and brands. I provide a uniquely integrated and detailed approach to design that creates places that people feel moved by and supported to flourish within.

If you are interested in my design services please use the contact button and get in touch.  I prioritize care over profit; I do not have a set formula for delivering projects. I will provide a custom-tailored proposal based on your unique desires and needs.

MY STORY

I spent more than a decade as a nomad searching for meaning and purpose in the world of design. Did I find it?

I was indentured to architects in Copenhagen and Berlin. I spent years in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles. I earned my Masters of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), which is widely considered the best school for architectural design and design innovation.

SCI-Arc gave me many gifts. One was the Henry Adams Medal (from the American Institute of Architects) recognizing me as the overall best-ranked student of my graduating class. It gave me Thom Mayne and Eui Sung Yi of the globally recognized design firm Morphosis as design-studio instructors, and it gave me Andrew Zago as an adviser to my graduate thesis. There were many more amazing and talented teachers/mentors. I am truly grateful to all of them.

Eric Owen Moss' office poached me straight out of grad school. I worked closely with his design directors (veterans of many challenging and eccentric building projects) on the acclaimed experimental restaurant Vespertine – a complete work of design with everything curated from start to finish including the building and its surroundings to plates and silverware.

I came back to my place of origin – Calgary Canada – to oversee the construction of several architectural works of my design. This is where I currently practice and teach. My design work is done under the moniker Aitch (H). I am an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape.

My credentials include a Master of Architecture with distinctions from SCI-Arc, a Bachelor of Environmental Design with honours from the University of British Columbia, and a Cabinet Maker's Certificate from SAIT. I am an official member of the Architecture Lobby working to establish a chapter in Calgary.

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