An avid traveler as a child, Spencer was exposed to a wide array of buildings and how they reflected the people who built them. He found inspiration to pursue a career in architecture through the theoretical works of Lebbeus Woods on socially responsible solutions in architecture as well as the importance of symbolism to culture and the personalized meaning they infuse into buildings as taught by Robert Venturi. Spencer believes there is beauty in the mundane and that “most people experience design without really knowing they do” which is one of the reasons he loves bringing his clients into the design process whether it’s their own home or a dream commercial space.
Spencer is very active volunteering for non-profit social services which first began at FareStart and includes work with the Roots Young Adult Shelter and the Pomegranate Center. He points to drawing tools as something he can’t live without, both in his career and at home as a foster parent with his wife. “They allow me to easily connect to the kids who come into our life. Drawing is a great way to communicate some very difficult things to say.”
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