My approach to architecture and design is organic - I work from the inside out. To me, each project requires a unique response: a synthesis of building-fabrication science and the humanistic, cultural, and environmental elements specific to each situation. When done well it's possible to achieve a singular cultural - artistic expression which reflects both the specifics of the project's purpose and it's place in the community/world/universe. That's my objective with each and every project.
I was truly inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright in the seventh grade. There were a number of FLW buildings in my home state of Minnesota so he was close, and his work was reachable and believable. In the ninth grade I drew up plans and assisted in the construction of my first house renovation for the junior high school shop teacher - a great first step!
Through high school I continued my study of FLW and his methods of organic design, but I also became inspired by the Bauhaus, the great school of modern design that rose in Germany in the 1910s and 20s. The Bauhaus influenced FLW and the methodology was well suited to my own thinking at the time.
When I realized that Mies van der Rohe, the director of the Bauhaus in the 20s, had fled Germany and founded a school of architecture in Chicago - Illinois Institue of Technology, it seemed too good to be true. Chicago also happens to be home to one of the greatest collections of FLW buildings anywhere - it was perfect. Somehow I managed to get in. I'm lucky to have connected with my dreams so early and I'm grateful for the opportunity to pursue those dreams even today.
Background - Experience
Brett Bothwell - Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Bachelor of Architecture - Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, 1987
Murphy Jahn Architects, Chicago
Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, Chicago
Philip Johnson - John Burgee Architects, New York
BB Design Studio, New York
Gruzen Samton Architects
Human Factors Industrial Design
Philip Johnson, Architect
TAMS Consultants Inc.
Playing competitively since 1972.
IIT - 1981-1985: #3, #2, #1 singles
USPTA certified for teaching since 1994.
Sr Staff Coach - RI Racquet Club, NY - 1993 - 2020
Sr Staff Coach - West Side Tennis Club, NY - 2014 - 2019
Patents - Publications
#5,458,331 - Game Racket Including a Adjustable String Suspension System
#6,971,964 - Compound Spring Element for a Game Racket
#7,927,239 - Substantially Fluid Tight Game Racket Including a Spring Suspension Module
#7,938,747 - Game Racket Including a Pivot Element
#13243346 - System and Method for an Inflation Bladder Composite Game Racket