Brawer and Hauptman Architects
My house was designed my Michael Hauptman. Brawer & Hauptman, Architects is an architecture, planning and interior design firm located in Philadelphia. Since 1986 they have worked on a wide range of projects for a diverse group of institutional, commercial, civic, and private clients - both new construction and changes/additions to existing buildings. Brawer & Hauptman has particular expertise in historic preservation & adaptive reuse. They have been honored with design awards from the American Institute of Architects as well as nationally recognized professional building associations and industry publications. My house was awarded a 1995 AIA Honor Award for Design Excellence and was selected Project of the Year for the 15th Annual Builder’s Choice Design and Planning Awards. It was also featured in (1) the February, 1996 issue of Architectural Digest and was selected for the magazine’s special April ‘99 “100 Years of Design” issue; (2) the Washington Post Sunday Magazine; (3) the premier issue of Residential Architect magazine; and (4) in several garden and interior design books and in a number of television series. The photographs on this site were taken by Barry Halkin.
Oehme, van Sweeden, & Associates
My garden was designed by Oehme, van Sweden & Associates. Peers describe their approach to landscape architecture as the "New American Garden" style. The New American Garden is a metaphor for the American meadow. It reflects the year-round beauty of the natural landscape. It frees plants from forced and artificial forms and allows them to seek a natural course as they weave a tapestry across the entire garden plane. It results in layered masses of foliage that boldly celebrate the ephemeral through mystery, intrigue, and discovery. In sum, it is a basic alternative to the typical American garden scene -- more relaxed, less like a formula, and more sympathetic to the environment. Plants chosen for the New American Garden, especially perennials and ornamental grasses, require less maintenance, no deadheading or pesticides, and only limited water and fertilizer. These plants welcome change seasonally and, as they mature, botanically. The built elements of the New American Garden share importance equally with the plants. Carefully designed walls, terraces, steps, and other "hardscape" features complement the surrounding "softscape." With the death of Wolfgang Oehme and Jim van Sweden, the firm is now in the hands of the next generation of landscape architects: Lisa Delplace, Eric Groft, and Sheila Brady. Like the house, the garden has been published extensively.
Glass Construstion
My house was built by Glass Construction. Glass Construction collaborates with architects and owners to produce unique, award-winning, nationally recognized residences. They focus on architect-designed, full house renovations across the spectrum of architectural periods and styles with a particular expertise in historic restoration, preservation and adaptive reuse. Glass Construction is known for the highest quality craftsmanship and, using a variety of proprietary project management tools, world-class client service and timely/cost effective project completion. Tom Glass brings his commitment to historic preservation and his training as a fine artist to his firm's approach. Combining these sensibilities with creative and effective management tools has helped him build a team of committed professionals, a roster of satisfied clients and a portfolio of award-winning work.
Ilford Lab Direct
Recently, the British film manufacturer Ilford opened a black and white film developing and analogue printing laboratory in California. This reverses the recent trend in which similar facilities have closed one by one - including local laboratories Asman Photo (Washington, DC) and Black & White Custom Lab (Arlington, VA). My initial experience has been very positive. The entire service has been carefully thought out.
Cardiovascular Research Foundation
RESEARCH, EDUCATION, PATIENT CARE: These are the elements that define modern medicine. The Cardiovascular Research Foundation® (CRF) is a global leader in bringing together these three aspects of medical science. Since its inception in 1991, CRF has played a major role in realizing dramatic improvements in treating heart disease by establishing the safe use of new technologies, drugs, and therapies in interventional cardiovascular medicine. Guided by visionary physicians who are passionate about advancing the field, CRF's mission is to improve the survival and quality of life of those suffering from heart disease around the world.

CRF’s role in interventional cardiovascular medicine is unique. By providing research, evaluation, and education under one roof, CRF has the ability to generate important research questions, test and refine ground breaking new therapies, and ensure that these treatments are available to patients at the earliest opportunity.

CRF carries out its mission by pursuing three basic goals:

The CRF Skirball Center for Innovation is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to investigating novel concepts, treatments, and devices. Our team of interventionalists, surgeons, and pathologists guides early ideas and inventions through comprehensive research programs to introduce practical clinical therapies to patients.

The CRF Clinical Trials Center plans and executes clinical investigations from first-in-man studies to large, multicenter, international trials and provides expert, independent qualitative and quantitative analyses of clinical and imaging data.

The CRF Center for Education is committed to educating health care professionals to ensure that the work of physicians and researchers translates to improved care for patients with cardiovascular disease. With a worldwide reputation for excellence in training clinical practitioners in advanced techniques and innovations, CRF conducts more than 50 educational meetings, conferences, and teaching symposia every year including CRF’s flagship, annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium and co-sponsors symposia in many other countries including Taiwan, Italy, Mexico, China, Korea, Canada, Russia, India, South America, Brazil, Argentina, Israel, to mention only some of them.
Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics
At the annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) symposium, the Cardiovascular Research Foundation's distinguished faculty joins forces with more than 1000 of the world's leading cardiologists to teach, share and discuss the latest techniques and developments in the field with more than 11,000 symposium participants from across the globe. Where once it took years for such theories and practices to achieve currency in the medical community, TCT now ensures the timely dissemination of this critical body of research and therapeutic practice. It is an exchange that influences the way hundreds of thousands of patients are treated every year.
TCTMD is the premier online educational resource for the interventional cardiology and endovascular medicine communities, TCTMD is produced and administered by PPD - a leading global contract research organization providing discovery and development services, market development expertise and compound partnering programs. Its clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations.