In 2018, Heurista was awarded the design commission for the donor recognition and history exhibit in the new Kennedy Outpatient Center at the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This is a dynamic was environment designed to engage the community and provide positive experiences for children and their families needing outpatient services. Notably, the Kennedy Outpatient Center also heralds a new era in the evolution of the Erlanger Health System and the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. It is the first of several new buildings to be built in the coming years.Read More
I had the good fortune to be in Ho Chi Men City, Vietnam for Tet, their Lunar New Year celebration. I returned home with an excitement about the concept of vibrancy and how placemaking can be measured.Read More
With the advent of technology, place is no longer bound to a physical location like a building, area or campus. Place is so much more than a particular point in space. Place is the role one plays in a particular community or context. Place is a position in an order or hierarchy. Most importantly, place can be used as a verb meaning to remember or recognize. Placing is the act of recalling one's engagement with the community, including shared values, experiences and understanding.
Originally founded in 1911 through a gift of $25,000 from Francis Flagg Putney, the Phoebe Health System has grown to serve as the major medical center for Southwest Georgia with multiple campuses and a full range of medical services. When the gift was made, Mr. Putney required three things: that the hospital be built of brick, that it serve anyone regardless of ability to pay, and that it be named for his mother, Phoebe.Read More
America has many cultures to celebrate as its own. The native peoples that inhabited and stewarded this land prior to the Europeans arriving keep a culture alive that is truly American in its deepest sense. In our modern times, tribes have continued to adapt and leverage the resources at hand to help lead segments of our modern culture. The Gaming Industry is an example of this fact.Read More
My early years of training and study were on Manhattan’s famous Fashion Avenue. The Fashion Institute of Technology brought out my best illustration, design, and maker skills at the time. It showed me how to see trends and to respect the makers that had come before me. I soon moved on from fashion-specific design and it’s trappings. Time as an exhibition designer at the Central Park Zoo and the American Museum of Natural History broadened my understanding of how I could apply my creative passions. Ultimately, creative placemaking –defined by groups like Art Place America and others – captured my focus.Read More
I have been fortunate to have thought many times that I was at a high point in reaching my design ambitions. Arriving in Dubai as it was beginning to reveal where it was headed blew my mind. Seeing it emerge from the sand with a vision and commitment built me into the maker I am now. Being immersed in their culture and experiencing that degree of hospitality helps me be the man I aim to be. Wild how chasing one’s design ambitions can impact who you are.Read More
I’ve intentionally worked international assignments into my career, not just for the travel, but for the education and life experience that working abroad can bring. China was my first extended international experience and I was unprepared for the impact it would have on me personally and on my design and art practices. Later years working on projects in Europe made a specific impact. The Middle East shook my perceptions of the area and changed me as well. Naturally, the desire to keep exploring and reaching for the impact travel offers was strong. Africa had to happen, I was just waiting for the right time.Read More