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How has Place influenced you?

My life is organized by place. Remembered, chosen, explained, compromised, through place.

I’m from the Boston area and went to college in Western Mass. I identify very much with Colorado because I spent almost 10 years in a small ski town, populated with character-full buildings and an amazing community. I now identify with my new place, the Pacific Northwest. I lived a short stint in Chicago, Spain, a year on an Island in Mexico, a year of grad school in Oxford England, a few years in Kansas for grad school, Missoula MT, work in Mongolia.

I teach in a global studies department advising social science research projects abroad. This means, for the last 10 years, twice a year, I spend two months in a new place, with a group of 20-year-olds.

I’m a geographer. I research vernacular landscapes, but am becoming very focused on suburbia and housing practice. I’ve been a designer, preservationist, and worked in zoning and architectural review. I’ve been a builder and teacher of straw bale construction, earthen and lime plasters. A student of adobe construction. I’m thankful to have spent a lot of time on the US/Mex border.

I was a bike commuter for 15 years. Now, for the first time, I live pretty rurally.

I’m a traveler. I love wandering small streets and markets. I love playing outside on trails, snow, and waves.

I love learning about housing and architecture – its beauty, affordability, practice, creativity, and opportunity, mostly the everyday variety, but that looks different around the world.

Everyday Landscapes

I know that placemaking and place attachment go far beyond the houses and physical structures of a community. I am using one lens to explore place. I acknowledge it all sits on the backbone of the natural and sacred lands taken from native people, embedded with past and current traumas. Places have been systematically exploited, and indigenous places have been overwritten by colonizers, historically and on an ongoing basis. Place has been treated as a resource to be mapped, acquired, named, utilized, “improved”, and sold. I live on Lower Elwha Klallam and S’Klallam ancestral lands and their contemporary lives are very much a part of the present landscape.