Stephen Howard

What was your earliest architectural inspiration? The Clemens Center in Elmira, NY, where my parents had seasonal symphony tickets. It is a Vaudevillian theater that maintains, despite a stylistic pastiche of additions and renovations, a distinct sense of grandeur. On a monthly basis my young self sat transfixed by that cavern of stained glass, woodwork, velvet, and brass.

How does your drawing affect your work? Sketching allows me to deconstruct a building and begin to understand the relationships of its components or give attention to details and textures. It trains my eye to recognize these things, which I might not readily notice from simply snapping a photo.

Tell us something we don’t know: I am proficient at making balloon animals. Parrots are my favorite.