Proud to be the third generation in his family to work with progressive alternative schools, Robert passionately believes that students of all ages should have real control over their learning, and that every young person should be treated with the respect and trust one would give an adult. Growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, Robert attended Chugach Optional, an open concept elementary school, and Steller Secondary, a student directed alternative middle and high school. Robert believes that the progressive models of these schools improved his creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and hopes to help bring this experience to other students.
As a child, camping in the Alaskan wilderness with his family gave Robert a profound respect and appreciation for the natural world. Witnessing the dramatic early effects of climate change in his state, and visiting beaches still covered in Exxon Valdez oil that spilled before he was born, gave him an impression of nature’s fragility. As an architectural designer, Robert hopes to help create school buildings that reduce environmental destruction and provide opportunities for new generations to form a love of nature.
Robert graduated with a five-year Bachelor of Architecture professional degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2015. Inspired by the cutting edge computer science research taking place there, Robert formed an interest in programming. He learned to script and parameterize in 3D design applications to create interesting new architectural forms responding to environmental conditions. At FNI, Robert enjoys the geometric problem solving and analytical thinking that goes into making detailed Building Information Models in Revit, allowing for quick visualization and revision of learning spaces.
Robert is glad to be working in a small team, where his ideas can have a direct impact on school design. He enjoys the great cross-country skiing afforded by Minneapolis’ trails and snowy winters.