Tim Honeck

Tim Honeck

Associate / Designer

Biography

If American schools gave degrees based on experience, Tim Honeck might not have needed to formally study landscape architecture. When he was growing up, he and his friends would play in an abandoned natural woodland and prairie space. They first created a primary trail through it that did not disturb any existing vegetation, then later built a shelter by weaving living limbs of trees together to create a fort that housed a bench made of fallen trees. Some 20 years later, the living shelter is still in that space which is used as a park, and the trail he created is now a major walking path. The city parks department has recognized the trail and placed a park bench at the entry.

Tim also specializes in visualization, which includes photorealistic renderings, animation and 3D models. It’s not surprising to learn that he teaches wood shop classes and advanced workshops at Techshop San Francisco and Autodesk’s Pier9 workshop. He primarily uses salvaged wood in his work and builds full 3D computer models of his designs before actually building the final piece by hand. But his favorite shop hobby is turning bowls on the wood lathe, which serves as his form of meditation away from the office.

Tim’s philosophy to design is summed up by a quote from Carl Sagan: “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe”. His interpretation for our design profession is that every design project, big or small, comes from a bigger system that must be understood. Ergo, nothing exists in isolation because all projects are designed to make the most out of their existing place in a system, be it man-made infrastructure, civilization, or nature.

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