Aaron is active in social and environmental causes where he has worked with the Student Sierra Club, Architecture for Humanity, Burners Without Borders, Partners of the Americas, Farmer to Farmer, Greentown Greensburg/Joplin, Rebuild Joplin/St. Bernard Project, and New York Cares. Most recently he has written a chapter for the Greentown Greensburg Sustainable Disaster Recovery Handbook and delivered a forty hour class on architectural sustainability and LEED certification for a professional green building course in the Dominican Republic.
An enthusiastic traveler, Aaron not only enjoys the scenery but also invests in learning, participating, and giving back in whatever way possible. The interexchange of ideas, cultures, and friendships are what he values most in his travels. He believes immersion is the best teacher in life and his philosophy is: “Take the road less worn, because it will most often be the most beautiful and rewarding.”
Professionally, he is attracted by earthen and natural building materials and unnerved by the synthetic, plastic, and energy intensive palate of materials used by the “modern” design and building community. He strongly believes in the importance of holistic sustainability and equal consideration for all stakeholders. He is pursuing opportunities to learn more about the tactile and physical properties of natural materials, how to manipulate these materials most effectively, and learn new ways to design according to all the environmental circumstances presented. His goal is to become an expert in all methods of building using natural materials, designing ecologically, understanding the subtleties of bioclimatic design, and in holistically creating proper and dignified environments for all levels of society.
Rebuild Joplin (NGO), Joplin, MO, US, Construction Coordinator
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, US, BArch, School of Architecture