With a practice spanning over 40 years, Sandy’s body of work, diverse in building type and setting, is characterized by an optimistic, intrepid confidence in experiential form and function. He seeks to discover the intangible qualities of context and landscape, and integrate them with the particularities of building purpose and the specific patterns of human habitation. His work includes institutional, cultural, and arts-related projects in dense urban areas: award-winning buildings for the Richmond Ballet, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, and several art galleries. His educational and recreational buildings in suburban and parkland settings include nature centers, innovative school buildings, and, recently, a groundbreaking design for the Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC). On a domestic scale, his portfolio includes a collection of private homes in landscapes as remote as Nova Scotia and the Caribbean. Sandy balances a passion for the urban experience and a reverence for the natural landscape with an acute empathy for human experience, a bold mix of form and materials, and a heightened sense of architectural drama.
Sandy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.