Who’s the one person in history that you would want to sit with on a plane to California?
Frank Lloyd Wright! Just kidding. Sometimes I get more passionate about history than architecture, so I would like to sit next to the last Tsar of Russia. I’m sure Nicholas II and I would have plenty to talk about
What’s your dream car?
1937 Cord Supercharged Sportsman Convertible Coup. Black, with cream interior. Saw one at a car show when I was six, and I’ve wanted one ever since.
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
My brother and I wondered what French onion soup tastes like in France, so we went to France...for one day! He worked for an airline so we flew for free - breakfast in Philadelphia, lunch in Paris (the soup was fantastic) and dinner at the Melrose Diner. We were jetlagged for the rest of the year.
Whatever sounds good on Spotify.
Favorite building of all time?
St. Paul’s in London for two reasons. It’s a structurally innovative and beautiful building. It also gave people hope during the Blitz- “She gazed in horror at the acres of smoking and still burning ruins — ￼then her heart lifted as she looked up at St Paul’s, towering over the scene: ‘I felt a lump in my throat because, ￼like so many people, I felt that while St. Paul’s survived, so would we.’” Reminds me that buildings are more than brick and mortar.
Do you have any unusual skills or talents?
Nine times out of ten my doodles resemble ocean liners and battleships.