My artistic expression formed at an early age staying up late building entire cities with Lego on my bedroom floor. Combined with my interest in city maps, this resulted in an interest to draw and sketch as soon as my left hand could hold a pen.
In my teens, I developed critical analysis skills of the urban environment through travels to, but not only; Lisbon, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Bergen, Vienna, Venice and Dubai. I spent hours upon hours understanding the city and sketching maps and perspectives.
My future was shaped by an early exposure to various urban forms but further enhanced when my family moved away from my native village in northern Germany, to the man-made island city of Almere in Holland. Four years later I immigrated to Vancouver where I experienced living in the grid city as well as in the coastal communities of Bowen Island and Victoria.
Throughout the different cultures I continued to enjoy playing soccer. The art of collaboration became evident when I began coaching in university and eventually becoming head coach of Burnaby Inter F.C. (since Jan. 2014). All this, combined with my graphic artistic skills developed through a interest in mapping, led me to the career path interest in architecture and sustainable design.
Attending the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) School of Geography proved pivotal to my career path. I majored in human geography with concentration in Urban and Development Studies. Regional studies enlightened me on various cultures. Urban planning classes helped sharpen my critical skills in discovering the workings of sophisticated urban environments. Geomatics, GIS and Remote Sensing classes improved my spatial analysis skills and art history electives rounded my understanding of the architectural history of various cultures.
Upon completion of my Bachelor, I pursued an 18 month salary position with Germany's largest independent oil supplier TanQuid working in operations and site management. It allowed me to travel throughout Europe and explore the heritage of urban planning which proved an asset in fine-tuning my view on sustainable design by comparing projects such as Dockside Greens in Victoria, BC to the HafenCity development in Hamburg, Germany.
In 2015 I graduated from BCIT with a technical diploma in Architectural Building Engineering Technology (ABET) where I advanced my technical and architectural skill-set. I am in the process of becoming LEED GA certified with proficiency in AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp, some Photoshop as well as physical model building experience and manual drafting knowledge.
I am currently in the process of becoming Passive House Designer certified.