I am, indeed, a designer. Before I began my photographic career in 2000, I enjoyed a successful 30-year career in the field of industrial design, which addresses the innovation, aesthetics and functionality of manufactured products. My degree is in industrial design from the University of Illinois, Urbana. After working with several consulting design studios in the Chicago area, I joined the corporate design studio of NCR Corporation in Dayton, Ohio, where I played a key role in developing, implementing and managing the company's global design strategy. By the late 1980s, NCR had won more design awards than any of its competitors, including Apple and IBM, highlighted by a Gold Award for the program itself from the Industrial Designers Society of America. By the time I left the company in 1998, I had attained the position of Director of Industrial Design.
After leaving NCR, I enjoyed one year's tenure as the Nierenberg Chair of Design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, a prestigious program endowed by Ted Nierenberg, one of the founders of Dansk International Design. That same year, I was honored to be elected into the IDSA's Academy of Fellows.
So, yes, I am a designer. And the insights I gained through my career in industrial design help me to quickly grasp the essence of your architectural designs and interpret them into effective images.