I have always enjoyed anything creative. I was always artistic. I got it from my dad. Growing up, watching him paint and draw created a love for art and the creative process from an early age. Our home was destroyed by a tornado when I was young, and I remember that was when I saw my first floor plan. I was in third grade, but I can still remember that moment and where I was standing when I saw it. It was fascinating to me. I loved the combination of art and application of practical knowledge that existed in architecture. That’s what fuels my love for architecture today and why I got a degree in architecture from Texas A&M. You can imagine, if I loved art on paper or canvas, how much more exciting it was to create a building that served a useful purpose but was also beautiful. I like building things. I like starting with nothing and then leaving behind a building that can stimulate, inspire, and serve while being beautiful. Some may argue that there isn’t much beauty in an aircraft hangar or warehouse, but I have always felt that this also beauty in the solution to an existing problem that every building represents. Leaving something better than I found it has always been special to me.