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.
Joel joined Union Studio in Summer 2014 after receiving Master of Architecture and a Master of Architectural Design and Urbanism degrees from Notre Dame University. Prior to attending Notre Dame, he received a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Mathematics and Philosophy from Houghton College.
He has interned with Voith & Mactavish Architects in Philadelphia, David M. Schwarz Architects in Washington, DC, the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning in Buffalo, and The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment in London.
At Union Studio, Joel applies his institutional, residential, historic restoration, and urban design experience to a variety of new projects.
Hometown: Palos Heights, Illinois
Favorite place and why: The water towns of the Netherlands for their physical embodiment of the Dutch word ‘Gezelligheid,’ which roughly translates to cozy and comfortable but also connotes belonging and companionship.
Philosophical idol: Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville
Source of Pride: My skills on the ping-pong table.
On a Sunday afternoon you will likely find me: Exploring new cities, towns, and neighborhoods with my lovely and charming wife, Amy.
A word to the wise: “This is an interesting planet. It deserves all the attention you can give it.” – Marilynne Robinson
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