Our staff members are all committed students of the accumulated wisdom of history as it is expressed in traditional architecture and urban design. Our passion for building strong communities starts here in our studio, among our friends and colleagues.
Ian joined us in June 2013 as an architectural designer, having relocated from South Bend, Indiana where he earned his Master of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. At Union Studio, he is currently assisting with multiple multi-family housing and institutional projects. Before graduate school, Ian spent five and a half years on the design and production staff at Jameson Architects in his home state of Arkansas, where he gained experience working on historic preservation, adaptive re-use, and new construction projects with a wide variety of traditional project types, styles, site conditions, programs and budgets.
At the University of Notre Dame Ian received the Henry Adams Medal and the Ferguson & Shamamian Graduate Prize. Ian volunteers as a mentor for ACE Rhode Island and serves on ACE’s Rhode Island Curriculum Committee. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.
Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
Favorite place and why: Tied between Portland, Oregon and Venice. Venice, for its dream-like beauty (and the total absence of cars). Portland, for its simple beauty in getting right so many important aspects of real-life in a contemporary urban environment. Both, for their intimate engagement with awe-inspiring natural environments.
Philosophical idol: Jane Jacobs
Favorite piece of art/music/writing: Arthur Russell’s ‘World of Echo’
On a Sunday afternoon you will likely find me with my wife, exploring my new home (and her original home) of New England.
Favorite moment in architectural history: The 1880s through the 1930s, for bravely marrying millennia of traditional craft, beauty, and meaning with burgeoning technological possibilities and universal aspirations toward a high quality of life for all. Designers and builders of the era showed just how successfully a modern culture can “freshen the classical” and adapt it to new ideas and opportunities.
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