My passion is placing culture at the forefront of the design process and using design to reflect contemporary social values and strengthen community and economic development efforts.
Sam’s career includes a wealth of experience as both a designer and project manager for numerous tribal, gaming, hospitality, mixed-use and community-oriented projects.
What do you do?
I help communities and organizations create visions for buildings and neighborhoods that align with their cultural, spatial, aesthetic, and sustainable design goals.
What is the name of your autobiography?
I Can’t Believe I Got That All Done!
What is your comfort food?
Describe your design style or approach.
Integrating culture, landscape, and built form into provocative design solutions.
What’s on your desk that you can’t do without?
My recycled tin can full of drawing supplies.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Someplace I haven’t been to yet.
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Margaritaville Resort Casino
Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel
Striking the Right Balance Between Culture and Design
in Native American Building Projects
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