It was Chicago's iconic skyline that captivated Tim in high school and led him to a career in architecture. "One visit and I was seduced," he says. Today, Tim lives out his dream as director of SmithGroup's Chicago office, where the city and profession still captivate him. "I love the process of architecture—the investigation of ideas," he remarks. "I like that it starts with an idea that gets refined and enhanced by a lot of talented, committed people, until the idea ultimately manifests itself into a building." As a design principal, Tim's contributions are inventive and thoughtful, with a strong emphasis on the integration of space, light and nature. A consummate collaborator, he listens carefully to clients to understand their needs and objectives; his communications skills have been the foundation for his success. He also listens to a lot of music. Tim is a big fan of Eddie Van Halen and can hold his own as a guitarist, playing "mostly '80s hair band rock-n-roll," of course.