That is the question I hear most frequently when I am showing my work. The short answer is no, but the longer answer reveals an underlying reason explaining why the work gives people that impression. I set out for college with every intention of becoming an architect. I was 2/3 of the way through my university’s 5 year architecture program when I realized that I didn’t want to spend years designing bathrooms and stairways before I would ever play a role in shaping the way a space made someone feel. Ah, so then someone pointed me to the ceramics studio, right? Well no, not quite. I changed my major and after graduation I was tested and hired by the FAA as an air traffic controller. In 2006 I began having some health issues and, at the urging of my wife, I signed up for some wheel classes at the local rec department. I was hooked. I sold off all of my camera equipment and purchased a wheel and a kiln. My career came to an early end, six years later, due to those health issues. This retirement gave me the freedom to explore handbuilding, which is a much more time consuming and time critical process. Handbuilding also afforded me the opportunity to develop the style, or “voice”, of my work today. So, no, as you see, I’m not an architect. However, there is still a bit of my teenage self who set out to become an architect lurking in here somewhere.