Previously with Woollen Molzan and Partners, Inc., Kevin's specialized focus is the programming and design of academic libraries and learning centers and public libraries throughout the country. He has worked with approximately two dozen libraries and is a strong advocate for the library as the technology hub for campuses and a thriving student destination for collaborative learning, research and socialization.
Magazines I read:
I read a myriad of architectural magazines and Library Journal of course, but I have an addiction to The Atlantic Monthly. Even though the publication was founded around the time of the Civil War, I think it’s still relevant and insightful. In fact, it’s my "go-to gift" for friends and family.
Things that get me excited:
Books, beautiful rooms, good quotations, interesting words, logic puzzles, origami, my wife and son, and English Bull Terriers.
Books I would recommend to anyone:
All of Malcolm Gladwell's and David McCullough's books for stretching the mind, and good mysteries for resting it – some favorites include Michael Connelly and Donna Leon. My librarian clients are fantastic sources for great books – If I ask for one suggestion, they give me 20, which is fantastic!
Why I do this:
At a young age, I was advised to only become an architect if you can't be happy doing anything else. I stuck with it through 11 years of college, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The variety of projects and clients you get to collaborate with makes every year a fresh challenge. That's what I love about this profession – it's never stale.
But if I had to do it all over again:
It's hard to think of doing anything else, as it is such a privilege to work as an architect. I never take the experiences I've had as a designer granted. But I always thought I might have ended up in a more academic environment, which I enjoyed so much in my youth. That's why teaching would have been my second choice profession.