“My mother taught us to believe in what we created.”
Bruce’s childhood memories include a steady stream of projects inspired by his mother, an elementary school teacher, in which he and his sister spent hours painting, drawing and developing their creative skills. Those creative roots formed the basis for a life-long interest in architecture and the built environment.
“I spent my childhood turning old appliance boxes into cardboard fantasies that, in my mind, raced around the track at the Indianapolis 500 or took to the sky defending the world from space invaders.”
An early survey course in Architectural History, which included a three-day field trip to San Francisco, piqued Bruce’s interest in pursuing architecture as a profession. As part of his professional degree from the University of Arizona, a year abroad in Europe allowed him to study classical architecture alongside some of the most modern expressions of the built environment, and solidify his dedication to the profession.
“This was a very influential period in my architectural education. It was through those buildings that I came to understand the breadth and variety of the architectural vocabulary, and how the language of those buildings impacts the users and the built environment as a whole. Architecture has a huge impact on shaping peoples’ lives – in the present, decades from now, even centuries from now.”
With over 15 years of experience designing hotels, resorts and mixed-use environments, Bruce has worked on a large number of high-profile projects in some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, working with many of the world’s most prestigious hotel companies to influence how people spend their leisure time. As a principal at SB Architects, Bruce brings a sense of balance to the team, providing strong leadership throughout the project cycle, and shepherding projects from initial concept through to completion. As a principal, Bruce is dedicated to contextually-appropriate design, in which the needs of the program are balanced by attention to regional architecture and the surrounding environment.
“There are always multiple design solutions that can achieve this balance, and there is no one right answer – that is what is so exciting. One of my favorite things about architecture is that it is always evolving. We are constantly challenged to adapt, learn and think in new ways.”
“I’m a generalist, and I’m very goal-oriented. I truly enjoy seeing a project from start to finish. For me, nothing in architecture is more exciting than creating a shared vision with our clients, exceeding their expectations, and then ultimately celebrating that vision in its built form.”