"I am from Indianapolis Indiana. Growing up, I believe there were two major influences that led me towards an architecture major. The first of which is my artistic family and our love for art. My father created his own rustic furniture company when I was 5 years old. I remember I wanted to be just like him. He was always drafting up new designs, so whenever I saw him draw, I would draw and create. The second influence is my family's Victorian home in Wicker Park, Chicago. This was my childhood abode. There was something about the venerable vintage ambiance that I found most beautiful. My father and I spent a countless numbers of hours renovating the house together. I believe that this house was the catalyst for my timeless love for architecture. There are honestly no words that can describe how grateful and surprised I was to be chosen for the Joseph P. Veasey Award. It was so surreal when my name was called to receive the award. In the architecture studio, we spend innumerable hours working together and we have become this great big family. It means so much to have the love and respect of my peers. I am honored to be a part of such a dedicated and committed group of people. Thank you to Joe’s entire family and his friends for making this award possible! No wonder Joe was so loved by his peers, he obviously comes from an amazing family!"