If I were a cat, I’d probably be on life #7 or so.
I discovered architecture at age 11, becoming obsessed with contemporary Japanese architects.
I studied installation art and architectural theory, thinking I’d go back to grad school for architecture.
The economy collapsed, so I moved to Japan to see my masters’ work firsthand.
I fell in love with Japan, but out of love (somewhat) with architecture.
I stayed in Japan for 17 years.
I got to do all sorts of wonderful things, like this
Thinking that the parallels between shoemaking and architecture were strong (form follows function?), I spent two years full-time in a bespoke course.
To my knowledge, I am the only Westerner ever to have completed the program.
As a longtime outsider, I have a lot of practice listening for clues, observing behaviors.
It’s helped me in my marketing work, and in my personal life.
You have to listen closely to tell a good story.
Other very important things: Running. Doris the cat. Laughter. Books. Music.