Robert is a catalyst. Design as is life, is all about team work and Robert likes to keep the team moving toward success. Robert seeks out experiences and loves sharing what he has learned while doing them. Teaching interior design at Heritage allows the transfer of his enthusiasm and knowledge of the industry to the students, faculty and community. Robert enjoys creating a dialogue and looks forward to engaging with every individual to bring out their best.
Fascination with color, texture and human interactions within their environment led to a 30+ year career in hospitality design. Robert’s personal dedication to each project’s success has created a strong foundation with customer service. He understands that to achieve a successful interior, it takes a village of professionals working well together. Every client opening a commercial space is sharing a story. Robert believes that each interiors project is successful only if it reveals the 3-dimensionsal needs of the client’s brand story and yields the financial success the client projected.
A truly successful design student and professional can flip between creative right-brain thinking and the nuts and bolts left-brain thinking. Robert’s early career as a structural engineer taught him the technical building skills to push boundaries of materials. As he matured, he learned to marry his artistic skills with the technical to create highly immersive environments. Robert works to mentor this switching of the brain with his team mates/students. Within the rigorous schedule of commercial projects, an excellent designer will know when to push creative ideas and when to resolve technical challenges. It’s a balance of art and science, Robert loves to explore.Robert doesn’t spend too much time away from creating environments, but when he does get distracted, he will be with his husband and two dogs traveling the globe or hiking the PNW.