Hi. I’m a writer, engineer and researcher exploring the social, environmental and philosophical issues related to buildings and cities.

As editorial consultant and frequent contributor to The Possible, I help to uncover and explain the trends, ideas and innovations that are changing the future of cities. I’m also a Fellow with the Centre for Conscious Design. (Watch this interview for more on my views on sustainable urbanism and this talk for my views on the philosophy of well-being in the built environment.)

My writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Globe & MailNew Philosopher, Canadian Architect, Issues in Science & Technology, and more.

In 2016 I received the New Philosopher Writers’ Award for my essay “Plato for Plumbers” and was recipient of the WSP Global Innovator Award for my work exploring the role of philosophy in the engineering profession.

Originally from Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, I’m currently based in London, UK.

Here’s a list of the books and essays that I have found to be most influential.

I started this site as a way to collect my letters, articles, and essays that have appeared in various publications. The content of this website generally covers the following themes:

  • Science / Philosophy:
    Ethics, technology and society, philosophy of science, practical philosophy, etc.
  • Sustainability / Environment:
    Green buildings, urban sustainability,  ecology, cities, etc.
  • Culture: 
    Travel, religion, politics, literature, etc.
  • Design: 
    Architecture, urbanism, photography, graphic design, etc.