Throughout his 30+year career, Joe has approached architecture as a means to explore new frontiers, provide environmental stewardship, and foster connections with communities. Life science, his current focus, is closely linked to these objectives.
Joe joined SGA in October 2020 because he was impressed with the quality of the firm’s design innovation, its commitment to excellence, and the level of talent exhibited by the staff. In his new role, he oversees several projects for life science organizations in the Boston region. He establishes the design vision for these commissions, but also collaborates on their execution.
Joe’s previous experience encompasses a variety of building types, including research, hospitality, healthcare, residential, corporate, and mixed-use. During his tenures at design firms HDR and TRO Jung|Brannen, he led many award-winning projects honored by such organizations as the American Institute of Architects, the Boston Society of Architects, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Preservation Massachusetts. Early in his career, he won the Rotch Traveling Scholarship, an annual two-stage design competition that enabled him to travel overseas for a year to study architecture.
Joe earned a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Minnesota. One of his favorite activities outside of the office is traveling internationally to learn about local ecosystems. He also sketches regularly, often exhibiting his work at events. Other hobbies include cycling, gardening, and beekeeping. He observes: “Pollinators are key to the ecosystem. Beekeeping and gardening allow me to engage in stewardship of the environment, and several of my hobbies allow me to explore and discover advances in the built world. I don’t leave my passion at work.”