Hi, my name is Simon. I started this blog both to practice my web design skills (feel free to admire my hack of a popular WordPress theme – lots of neato CSS and PHP coding involved), and to let my friends know what I’m doing in the bad ol’ wide world. No sneaky ulterior motives involved, as I gave up trying to impress girls when I got married more than 10 years ago. Honest.
Professionally I’ve been many things – soldier, sailor, ti… photographer, reporter, translator, proofreader, editor. None of these things were quite what I was looking for, so I decided to go with architecture, which is another thing I’ve been interested in pretty much as long as I can remember (which unfortunately isn’t all that far back, though I like to think memory loss just makes me feel younger). I now work for the most outstanding firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, probably the first architectural firm of which I ever took note, largely due to its having designed two of my favorite skyscrapers in Chicago – the Sears Tower and the John Hancock. If I were a worshipping man, Fazlur Khan would be up on my altar, right alongside Alvar, Oscar and Eero (not to make the list too long).
That’s about it as far as I’m concerned. Last but not least, there’s my family – Margo and the kids. Eryk is interested in robots, soldiers and battles, while Maia prefers ponies, mermaids and princesses, and is a budding artist and fashion designer to boot.