Why did you choose to attend the University of Virginia?
As a Virginia resident, the value of an in-state university, coupled with the excellent programs offered at the School of Architecture were hard to beat.
How did you become interested in Planning?
I had been working as a land surveyor after completing my undergraduate degree, and as I traveled to work sites in Northern Virginia I became interested in why the developments we were laying out were being built where they were. I was also interested in pursuing a career in an environmental field.
What do you miss the most about Charlottesville?
I miss Charlottesville in the summer; it is the best time to be in town.
What is the most exciting project you've worked on?
While I have been involved in many interesting projects, I would have to say that Capital Bikeshare [link to: http://www.capitalbikeshare.com/] in Washington, DC and Arlington, VA is at the top of the list. To be involved in a project that is truly transforming a city and region, seeing people using the bikes everyday and reading how people who haven't biked in years are now using the bikes regularly is very fulfilling. Also, as a lifelong resident of the DC area, experiencing the positive change in attitudes toward biking in the region in the year since Capital Bikeshare opened, is amazing.
What have you learned that surprised you?
It is good to work at a smaller firm or agency. This provides opportunities to work on a wider variety of projects and to gain exposure to things you otherwise might not have learned you enjoy.